A loan of $1,450 helped to purchase cows.

Rakhimakhon's story

Rakhimakhon is 48 and married with four children. She has a high school education. Her neighbours speak of her as a diligent and responsible woman. Her husband is a small businessman and her son and older daughter are working in Russia and send money to support their parents every month. Rakhimakhon's husband and children actively help around the house and farm. Her family is very friendly and they have very good relationships with each other.

Since 2000, Rakhimakhon has been raising livestock and crops as the main source of income for her family, a business she began with 5,000 KGS. She has great experience raising and keeping cattle. Thanks to her hard work, her farm now includes two milking cows and six sheep, as well as 0.3 hectares of agricultural land on which she is growing potatoes, sunflowers and corn. Her agricultural work brings in about 10,000 KGS per month, which serves as the primary source of payment for her family's groceries and other everyday needs. The profits from her farm have allowed Rakhimakhon to bring up and provide for her children, and to improve their standard of living.

With the goal of further developing her farm, Rakhimakhon has turned to microfinance bank "Bai Tushum and Partners" for a loan of 70,000 KGS to purchase cows. She plans to invest profits from the loan into further enlargement of her property as well as, in the future, to renovate the house in which she and her family live.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Kat Tancock

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