A loan of $2,250 helped to buy cows for fattening and resale.

Makhburat's story

Makhburat is 42 years old and married. They are raising four children. The three youngest children are in elementary school, while the oldest daughter in a higher grade.

Makhburat has a high school education. She raises livestock as the primary income for the family. She started twenty years ago by buying cattle for 5,000 KGS. Due to her hard work, she now has three dairy cows and farms their own 0.8-hectare plot of land. She also rents 2.0 hectares for the villagers. Makhburat and her family grow cotton, squash, watermelons and tomatoes. To date they have cultivated 1.8 tons of cotton. Their monthly income is 10,000 KGS.

To improve their living conditions, Makhburat took a loan from the micro-finance organization, Bai-Tushum and Partners, to buy cows to fatten and sell on the market for a profit. Makhburat will use the profit to invest in her herd and educate her children.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Margaret Rosen

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