A loan of $1,725 helped to purchase fertilizers.


Ashirgul's story

Ashirgul was born in the south of the country, in the village of Red October, and grew up in a large family of ordinary workers. After finishing school, she helped her family on the farm, as there could be no talk of further education at that time. The main source of income for the family was growing of rice, work with livestock and field crop cultivation.

Marrying a fellow villager, the young family was working in the field, growing rice as well. 28 years old went by, and the family went through many difficulties. It became harder and harder to live in the native village, the land was not enough for everyone, and Ashirgul and her husband were by this time raising eight children.

In 2000, the family decided to move to the Chuy valley (northern part). From their accumulated funds, the family bought a small house. The four sons helped the father with farming. Ashirgul grew vegetables on a plot of land, and sold the harvest at the market. Thanks to the income from the field crop cultivation, the family was able to buy a cow at the end of 2000. At present, Ashirgul and her family work 8.5 hectares of rented land, where they grow onions and other vegetables, and the farm has two dairy cows.

With an aim to further expand her business, Ashirgul turned to the organization "Bai Tushum & Partners" for a loan in the amount of 80,000 som (KGS) for the purchase of fertilizers, because this raw material is cheaper in winter, and in the plating season the price rises sharply. In the future Ashirgul dreams of opening her own mini-farm.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Audhild A.



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