A loan of $2,025 helped to buy bulls for fattening up and resale.

Leyla's story

Leyla is 52 years old, a widow and raised 3 children alone. Her husband died from an illness, and Leyla raised the children by herself. The oldest son is a shepherd and takes local residents' livestock to pasture for a set payment. The second son works in Kazakhstan, and the daughter attends a technical college. Leyla has a secondary education, and to provide the primary income for her family, she is involved in animal husbandry and farming, having started 28 years ago with a purchase of livestock with 4,000 som (KGS). Thanks to Leyla's hard work, today her business contains 2 dairy cows, 1 heifer, 5 sheep and also a 3.60 hectare land plot, where she grows clover, beans and barley. The monthly income amounts to 16,000 som (KGS). In order to further develop her business, Leyla requested a loan from the microfinance bank "Bai-Tushum and Partners" to buy bulls for fattening up and subsequent resale at a market at a high price. Leyla plans to invest the earnings from the loan into further increasing domestic livestock quantities and saving money for her son's wedding party.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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