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A loan of $2,150 helped to purchase dairy cows.

Gulsaira's story

Gulsaira is a 49-year-old widow who has raised 4 children. She works in an agricultural administrative office.

To supplement her family's income, for the last 12 years Gulsaira has grown crops and raised cattle. Despite beginning with a sum of only 15,000 Kyrgyzstan Som (KGS), thanks to her persistent hard work Gulsaira now has 1 dairy cow and calf, 15 head of sheep and goats, 1 horse, and 1 heifer. Gulsaira also has 1.2 hectares of land where she grows beans, corn and potatoes. The monthly income from her farm is 5,000 KGS.

Gulsaira has contacted the company Bai Tushum and Partners for a loan in the amount of 100,000 KGS, in order to further develop her business by purchasing more dairy cows to increase milk production. She plans to use the income generated by this expansion to renovate her barn and improve conditions for raising her animals.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Tracey Orr

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