A loan of $1,650 helped to buy cows.

Urkuya's story

Urkuya is 32 years old, married, and with her husband is bringing up three wonderful children. The children are all students; the eldest is 13 years old, and the youngest is 9. Urkuya has a specialized high school education, and graduated from a technical school with the specialty of cook. Her husband is engaged in offering passenger services to the local population.

The family is young and friendly. The spouses have been teaching the children from a young age all the good qualities such as industriousness. After school, the children help their parents. As a main source of income for her family, Urkuya is engaged in raising livestock, having started 12 years ago with the purchase of livestock for 5,000 som KGS. Thanks to her hard work, Urkuya currently has on her homestead: two dairy cows, one calf, and 30 sheep, and also has a 2.1-hectare share of land, on which annually she grows peppers, beans and clover. Monthly income consists of 12,000 som (KGS).

With the aim of further developing her homestead, Urkuya turned to the microfinance bank Bai-Tusham and Partners for a loan of 80,000 som (KGS) to purchase cows to increase her cattle head count.

Urkuya plans to invest income from the loan in further increasing the quantity of domestic livestock, and plans to save money for the further education of her children. Urkuya considers herself an exemplary mother and a happy mother.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer JD Bergeron

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