A loan of $2,000 helped to buy baking ingedients.

Ravshan's story

A very capable young man named Ravshan is one of a small number of people that started a business in the field of baking at a young age. He is now 26 years old and when he was a child, he used to apprentice under the guidance of his uncle, who is a "nonvoy" (bread baker.) Every day, young Ravshan observed how his uncle mixed the dough, placed it into a circular baking pan and formed it in a tandoor oven. He watched with admiration how the dough deepened its colour in the tandoor as it baked into Tajikistani national flatbread. This is the reason for his interest in, and attachment to, the profession of baking.
Now Ravshan is a professional baker and has been working independently for 3 years. By making the most of his experience and acquired skills, he was able to open his own bakery. He can earn his living and feed his family in this way. He is married and has 3 children. At present, he rents his premises and employs one assistant. He wants to expand his business and buy more ingredients to bake flatbread. In the hopes of a bright future, he has decided to seek a loan so that his business does not plateau, and so he can ensure a stable income for his family. As Ravshan himself says, "I hope that the loan I obtain will justify my hope that I can expand, and that my business will not reach a plateau."
Ravshan plans to use this loan to purchase several bags of flour, yeast, and butter. He is really striving to make sure that his family does not want for anything, and he works day and night. He extends his gratitude to such organisations as Kiva for the financial support and understanding.


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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Tracey Orr

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