A loan of $2,800 helped to purchase cattle.

Djumakan's story

Djumakan born in the village Partsyezd (in the Panfilov district, Chui region of the Kyrgyz Republic). Djumakan grew up in a big family with three brothers and two sisters. Her parents were ordinary workers. After graduating from high school, Djumakan helped the family on the farm and since childhood she has had tremendous experience working with domestic livestock and crops. The family's main source of income was growing beets, and there was no question of her having access to higher education. She married a fellow villager, and the young family began working in the fields, planting beets.

Living in her home village became harder and harder. There was no work--all of them men could only work farming poultry and sugar beets, and by the time Djumakan started raising children there was not enough land for all of the families in the village. One day, she and her husband asked Djumakan's parents for one of their three milk cows. That became the beginning of the family's livestock business.

Since they had a cow, the family began to receive milk. Djumakan's husband got a job as a shepherd. The young family with two young children lived in a small room, which had been allocated to them by the collective farm. For five years, they worked hard and saved money to buy a house with a small outhouse. Djumakan and her husband raised two wonderful children, married them off, and become grandparents.

Djumakan's children left to work in Russia and left her to raise her three grandchildren, aged one and a half, two, and three years old. Today, in order to feed their family, Djumakan keeps two dairy cows and receives about 3,000 som a month from the milk, plus her monthly pension of 2,500 som. This pays for the children's expenses. Also, Djumakan is fattening two steers and plans to purchase additional cattle for fattening and resale, since it is profitable. To do this, she contacted Bai-Tushum and Partners for a loan of 130,000 som (KGS) to buy calves. She is planning to invest her profit into more livestock and she dreams of further expanding her farm.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Melissa Kniazeva

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