A loan helped to buy sheep.

Zamira's story

Zamira is a married 24 year old with no children. Zamira has a high school education and lives with her spouse and mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law is a pensioner and her husband helps with the housework. Zamira is the main source of income for her family from raising livestock, which she began three years ago by buying a cow for 10,000 Kyrgyzstani Somoni. Thanks to Zamira's hard work, her farm now has two cattle and 15 sheep. Also she has her garden at home in which she has planted many fruit trees, such as: apricot, persimmon, and pomegranate. Also she has a small plot of land on which to grow barley, wheat, corn, and tomatoes. Zamira together with her spouse, prepared for a very good harvest because they have experience, and most importantly, they put their heart and soul into their work. Every day early in the morning Zamira's husband drives the cattle to pasture and gives them to the shepherd, every night the cattle return home. During this time, Zamira cleans the barn, harvests hay, and gets fresh water. Twice a year Zamira sheers the sheep for wool. Their monthly income is 10,000 Kyrgyzstani Somoni. In order to further develop their farm, Zamira appealed to the microfinance bank "Bai-Tushum and Partners" to purchase sheep for livestock breeding. With the income from the loan, Zamira plans to invest further in multiplying their amount of domesticated animals, and plans to accumulate funds for material support of the family.

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