A loan of $2,175 helped to purchase livestock.

Jipargul's story

Jipargul was born in southern Kyrgyzstan, in a simple farmer's family, and from an early age she started helping her parents on the farm. Jipargul got married at the age of 19, and gave birth to two daughters and a son in 1989, 1990 and 1993. In 1994, in search of a source of income for her family, she began to resell rice at the market in Osh (southern Kyrgyzstan). After two years, she had gathered enough money by reselling rice, and she moved with her family to the capital, Bishkek. There, she worked as a shoe reseller at a local market. Launching her business with an initial amount of 35,000 som (KGS), she became a successful entrepreneur who had regular customers. In 2000, after giving birth to her youngest son, Jipargul took a loan to expand her business and started to import shoes from China, using wholesale buyers from neighboring Kazakhstan as business partners. With the revenues generated from this business, Jipargul was able to buy a house for her family. Unfortunately, her business collapsed on the day when her partners disappeared with a shipment of merchandise, leaving her with huge debts. Jipargul had to sell her property in Bishkek and in 2010 she moved to the village of Voznesenovka. Her husband, being her main support in life, always helped and supported his wife during the family's difficult times. He started to work in animal husbandry, turning his activity into a family business and encouraged Jipargul to join him. Thanks to the perseverance and tenacity of Jipargul's family, their farming business now comprises two dairy cows and a bull and brings about 10,000 som (KGS) per month through the sale of dairy and meat products. In order to further develop her business, Jipargul has turned to "Bai Tushum and Partners" for a loan in the amount of
100,000 som (KGS) which will be used to buy additional livestock. Jipargul and her husband now have one dream: to use future revenues to build a good house and to further increase their number of farm animals.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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