A loan of $1,875 helped to buy the building materials to repair her home.


October's story

October, who is 23 years old, makes the traditional Mongolian nomadic shoes at her home. She lives with her husband and her son in the old house in the ger district (a ger is a Mongolian traditional yurt) in Darkhan, the second largest city in Mongolia.

Sshe has been making the shoes for four years, and she has many permanent customers. Her average output is 4 to 5 shoes in a month. She sells them to her customers for about MNT 150,000; her cost is MNT 60,000. Her husband is a teacher and earns not so much.

She really wanted to repair her house because it is a cold and uncomfortable place. In winter her home becomes very cold; frost forms on the walls. Her house has not had any big renovation for many years; before, her parents had lived there.

She is planning to insulate the walls with foam and cement within this summer. She said that her work place and home will be comfortable, and she and her family will be inspired by it. She also thinks it is very important to her family’s health in the future. The loan she is taking will be used to buy the building materials.



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