A loan of $2,475 helped to buy calves.

Sarabubu's story

Sarabubu is a 52-year-old widow who is raising two children (one daughter, one son). After the death of her husband, Sarabubu did not have a long time to get over the loss of a loved one. She had to raise her children to stand on their own two feet, so she decided to take the household and financial responsibilities into her own hands. Sarabubu has a high school education. Her neighbors see her as an enterprising and capable woman. Her elder daughter works as a journalist and her son is a student. Her daughter helps her mother make ends meet every month.

Sarabubu raises livestock and grows crops, which have been the family's main source of income since 1994. She started this business with 10,000 som (KGS), and thanks to her hard work, her farm now has two dairy cows, one bull, four sheep and she also has a .72 hectare plot of land on which she grows barley. Her business bring her about 9,000 som (KGS) per month from the sale of milk and calves, which covers the basic costs of food and household needs for her family.

The income from the farm has allowed Sarabubu to raise and provide for her children. With the goal of developing her business further, Sarabubu has turned to the microfinance bank "Bai Tushum and Partners" for a loan of 120,000 som (KGS) to buy calves to raise and resell. She plans to invest the income from this loan back into her farm, and also to pay for her son's future education.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Devin Connolly

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