A loan of $1,025 helped to buy a cow.


Gulshan's story

Gulshan is 33 years old and is raising four children with her husband. Two of her kids are school age and two are still babies. Her youngest son isn't even one year old yet. Gulshan has a high school degree, she is a home maker and raises her children, as well as takes care of her small farm. The farm is the main source of income for the family and was started 13 years ago with the 10,000 som (KGS). Due to Gulshan's diligent work the family now owns two milk cows, two calves, 10 chickens and has 3 acres of land where they grow potatoes and beans. Gulshan's husband is a taxi driver and also works as a mechanic at a auto repair shop. Since the kids are all still young, Gulshan's husband works hard to save money for their future and is a very active father. The total monthly income of the family is 10,000 som (KGS). In order to expand the livestock herd, Gulshan has turned to micro-finance bank "Bai Tushum and Partners" for a loan to purchase another cow. She plans to use the profits from the loan to continue expanding the family's herd and save money for her children's college education.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer



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