A loan of $625 helped to buy sheep.

Shakhzada's story

Shakhzada is 41 years old and is married with four children. She has a high school education and her neighbors see her as an enterprising and hard-working woman. Her husband and children actively help her around the house. As the main source of income from her family, Shakhzada has been involved in agriculture and raising livestock since 1999. She started this business with 6,000 som (KGS). She has a lot of experience in breeding and raising livestock and also in working the land. Thanks to her hard work, Shakhzada now has one dairy cow, two calves and seven sheep on her farm, as well as a two-hectare plot of land on which she grows corn, sunflowers and potatoes. Her farm brings in about 15,000 som (KGS) per month, which is enough to pay for the food and household goods for her family. Shakhzada is trying to increase her farm's income to help her family. With the goal of developing her business further, she turned to the microfinance bank "Bai Tushum and Partners" for a loan of 30,000 som (KGS) to buy sheep to raise and resell. Shakhzada plans to reinvest the income from this loan back into her farm, and she also has plans to make repairs on her home, where she lives with her family.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Devin Connolly

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