A loan of $1,725 helped to expand the range of products in her shop.

Irina's story

Irina was born in 1969 in a simple family of a bus driver. Her mother worked as a construction site foreperson. After graduating from college in 1988, Irina found a job as a weaver at the Karabaltinsky carpet factory. In 1991 she met her husband and in 1992 gave birth to her daughter. After ten years of marriage, Irina again became single. In 2002, while looking for a source of income for her small family, Irina began selling men's and women's clothing at the market in the village of Kaindy, using 6000 som (KGS) as her starting capital. Since the trade was not very profitable, Irina sold off her inventory and from 2006 to 2007 worked as a saleswoman in retail.

As her next step, Irina decided to lease a nearby shop that sells detergents, soaps, and cosmetics. Thanks to her tenacity, persistence, and daily work, Irina was able to develop her business, using the profits to buy an apartment in the village. In order to expand the range of her products, Irina has turned to Bai Tushum & Partners for a loan of 80,000 som (KGS). Irina plans to use the profits from this loan to finance her daughter's college education.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Nikita Avvakumov

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