A loan of $2,575 helped to purchase livestock.

Saparkul's story

Saparkul was born in 1963 in the town of Zherge-Tal in the Tian-Shan district of the Naryn province (in northern Kyrgyzstan). In 1982 after finishing school she began as a simple laborer in a factory in Bishkek, where she worked for three years. In 1985 she married, moved with her husband to the town of Temir-Kanat in the Tong district and found work in the Tong district's manufacturing plant. Unfortunately her and her husband's salaries were not enough to cover the family's expenses. After working until 1991 and having saved up 5,000 som, Saparkul decided to begin her own livestock business, and bought a milk cow.

Even as she just began to work in agriculture, Saparkul set a goal: to have a large farm and a well deserved and bright future for her children. Being by nature a purposeful, patient, hardworking woman, Saparkul was able to reach her goals. At this time she has 3 head of cattle, 20 head of sheep and one horse, an smallish sheepyard and 2.10 hectares of irrigated land from which she harvests clover, wheat, barley and potatoes annually.

In order to further develop her business, Saparkul came to the Bai-Tushum and Partners company for a 120,000 som (KGS) loan, with the goal of increasing the number of livestock she has for raising and later sale. Saparkul plans to use profit from the loan to invest in expanding the sheep yard.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Hazen

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