A loan of $2,750 helped to buy cows.

Jamila's story

Jamila is 43 years old and married. They have seven children. The four oldest daughters are married. The rest are in school. Jamila has a very big family; the kids are growing up hardworking, intelligent and obedient. Jamila is proud of her children; her husband and children all help with the housework.

Jamila has a high school education. Her main income for the family comes from managing livestock and agriculture. She started 12 years ago by buying cattle for 10,000 KGS. With hard work Jamila now has three dairy cows, three calves, 12 sheep, 13 goats and a small plot of land to grow corn and clover for their livestock. To date they have produced 700 sheaves of corn and 600 sheaves of clover. Her husband runs a private taxi and makes a certain income.

Their combined monthly income is 15,000 KGS. To grow their farm, Jamila applied for a loan from microfinance bank Bai-Tushum and Partners to buy cattle for breeding. Jamila plans to use the profit to invest in improving their domestic cattle and further educating their children.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Margaret Rosen

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