A loan of $1,525 helped to purchase livestock.

Bolot's story

Bolotu is 48 years old, married, and is raising four children. Bolot grew up in an ordinary and large farm family, and has helped his father keep up the farm since he was a child. His mother worked at a yarn and fabric factory in a nearby village. After graduating from school, Bolot went to driving school, where he studied for six months. After finishing his studies, he got a job at a local collective farm as a truck driver. In 1979, Bolot got married at the age of 17. At first Bolot and his wife lived with his parents. In 1982, after serving in the army for two years, Bolot returned to his hometown and to his family, and once again began to work at the local collective farm. That same year Bolot's first son was born, and a second son was born in 1984. That same year Bolot's wife got a job at a local store, and they used the money to buy livestock. Shortly thereafter, the collective farm allocated Bolot a parcel of land in his hometown, and, after having sold some of their livestock, Bolot built a small house with some outbuildings. Then Bolot and his family moved there from his parents' place. Bolot continued to work at the collective farm, and his wife got a job as a cashier at a local agricultural office.

Bolot's family grew, and so did their needs. A driver's salary was not enough, and Bolot got a job as a carpenter at a alcohol manufacturing plant. After working there for five years, he got laid off. In 2008, Bolot's oldest daughter was to be married, and Bolot had to sell some of his livestock to marry off his daughter and put together a dowry for her.

Right now, thanks to his persistence and industriousness, Bolot has 3 milking cows and 18 sheep on his farm. In order to increase his livestock headcount, Bolot has gone to Bai Tushum and Partners for a loan of 70,000 som (KGS) to purchase more livestock. Bolot's short-term plans include building a large barn and increasing his livestock headcount.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Peter and Lynne Weil

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