A loan of $2,125 helped to purchase more rice for resale.

Saparkul's story

Saparkul is a 49-year-old widow with a high school education. She works selling rice at the central market in the city of Uzgen. She is the mother of 5 children. Her goal in life is to improve her standard of living, to give her children a good university education, and to of course expand her business. She is very kind, sociable, smart, and energetic. She started her business 13 years ago with a start-up sum of only 2,500 Kyrgyzstan Som (KGS.) Besides working in retail, she is also actively involved in animal husbandry. Her farm currently includes 4 head of cattle. For the purpose of expanding her business, Saparkul has approached Bai Tushum & Partners for a loan of 100,000 Som which will help her to increase her turnover by buying more rice. She plans to use the income generated by this loan to re-invest into her business for further development.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Tracey Orr

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