A loan of $1,000 helped to buy a cow.

Shakhadat's story

Shakhadat is 45 years old, married and raising 4 children together with her husband. Their daughter is married and the two older sons work as loaders at a restaurant in Russia and send part of their salary to the parents in Kyrgyzstan, and the youngest son is a school student. Her husband Abylkasym is a farmer with a lot of experience. Shakhadat has a secondary education. To provide the primary income for her family, Shakhadat is involved in animal husbandry, having started 20 years ago with a purchase of livestock with 5,000 som (KGS). Thanks to her hard work, today her business contains 2 dairy cows, 1 bull and 1 sheep. She has all of the conditions for keeping livestock. Feed and hay have been stocked up. Shakhadat also has a small 0.70 hectare land plot, where she annually grows potatoes and carrots for use within the business and sale. From March through November, Shakhadat sells milk products, such as butter, kurut and kefir. The monthly income amounts to 10,000 som (KGS). In order to further develop her business, Shakhadat requested a loan from the microfinance bank "Bai-Tushum and Partners" to buy a cow in order to increase livestock headcount and increase the monthly income from selling milk products. Shakhadat plans to invest the earnings from the loan into further increasing domestic livestock quantities and saving money to help her son build a house.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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