A loan of $1,300 helped to purchase cattle.


Omurbek's story

Omburek was born in the Panfilov village, of the Chuy region in Kyrgystan. He grew up in a very large family, with 3 sisters and 3 brothers while his parents were simple workers. After finishing high school Omburek was trained as a tractor driver and helped his parents with their farm. In 1985 Omburek married and chose to remain living with his parents who were raising cattle and farming at the time. His first daughter was born in 1985 and in 1995 Omburek became a father of a second girl. After working with the community farm (kolhoz) for three years Omburek decided to start his own farm. He used a starting sum of 10,000 som (KGS) to purchase a cow and start his cattle raising business. At first Omburek has fallen on hard times, as towards the end of the 90s his family grew to six people and he was struggling to provide for clothing and shoes, while his wife had to stay home and take care of the little ones. After the fall of the Soviet Union his community farm fell apart and the money Omburek was making was barely enough to purchase food for everyone. At that time Omburek decided to also start farming, and began growing sugar beets at his house plot. He was selling his harvest to the local sugar factory and using the profits to purchase more livestock. Now Omburek's household has flourished and he owns two milk cows, two heifers and a calf and he also offers his tractor driving skills during the planting season to the other local farmers. His wife is now able to help a lot more with the farm as two of his five children are already in college while the youngest three are all attending school. Omburek himself is not only a good businessman but also a wonderful loving husband and father. In order to further expand his livestock business and purchase more animals, Omburek has turned to "Bai-Tushum and partners" for a loan of 60,000 som (KGS). In the future Omburek dreams of expanding his farm as well and buying new farming equipment for himself.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer



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