A loan of $1,725 helped to purchase more cattle.

Aida's story

Aida is 27 years old, single, and lives with her parents in the village of Petrovka. She was born in the Osh region (south of Kyrgyzstan) in a farming family, and from the early years was involved in growing fruit and vegetables that were then sold at the local market. At the same time the family raised calves, sheep and goats for sale, and this constituted their main source of income.

In 2001, Aida graduated from hight school and began to study for a job as a seamstress. Upon completing her studies, she worked for two years in the "Ak-Kuu" sewing factory. Over time, her close relatives began relocating to the Chuisk region in the north of the country. This was caused by the fact that in the area where they had lived, very little land was allocated per family member - a family would have 6-10 hundredths of a hectare (roughly one quarter of an acre), which didn't allow to produce sufficient harvest. Meanwhile, agriculture was the main source of income in the countryside where manufacturing and industry were not developed.

In 2005, Aida's family moved to the village of Petrovka in the Chuisk region, where they live to this day. Having moved to this new location, the family experienced many difficulties - living in a rented apartment, they engaged in farming, cultivating watermelons, peppers and tomatoes. After two years, Aida's family could finally buy a house. Today, Aida is engaged in raising cattle - she keeps two cows and sells the milk to producers of dairy products, which brings her around 10,000 som per month. In order to expand her business, Aida has turned to Bai Tushum & Partners for a loan of 80,000 som (KGS) to purchase more cattle. Aida plans to use her revenues to repair the house.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Nikita Avvakumov

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