A loan of $2,050 helped to buy bulls and sheep.

Shaken's story

Shaken is 63 years old and a widow. Her children are all grown up and self-sufficient. Shaken has a secondary education. She is composed, level-headed and hard working by nature. For the primary source of income for her family, Shaken has practiced animal husbandry for many years now, starting her business with 25,000 som (KGS). Thanks to her hard work, Shaken has on her farm: 5 milk cows, 3 calves, 15 sheep, and also has a 1.72 hectare plot of land on which she grows clover. Her business brings in about 20,000 som (KGS) per month from the sale of milk, dairy products, eggs, and chickens, which serves to cover the cost of food and daily living needs for her family. Remittances from Russia, where Shaken's son and daughter-in-law earn a living, serve as additional income. The profits from Shaken's agricultural business allowed her to marry off her children and help them start their households. For the purpose of the further development of her business, Shaken turned to Microfinance Bank "Bai-Tushum and Partners" for a loan in the amount of 100,000 som (KGS) to buy bulls and sheep. Shaken plans to invest the earnings from this loan in the further expansion of her farm and she would also like to repair her house in the future.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Hilary Hemmings

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