A loan of $2,000 helped to buy cows for fattening and resale.

Upinisa's story

Upinisa is 52 years old, a widow, and after the death of her husband is raising five children on her own. Two daughters got married, a son is serving in the army, and the remaining two children live with Upinisa and help around the homestead. Upinisa has a secondary education. As a main source of income for her family, Upinisa raises livestock and crops, having begun 24 years ago with a livestock purchase of 1,000 som KGS. Thanks to her hard work, Upinisa today has on her homestead: one dairy cow with calf, ten sheep, and also a plot of land measuring 0.30 hectares, on which she grows potatoes, corn and carrots. Monthly income amounts to 17,000 som (KGS).

With the aim of further developing her homestead, Upinisa applied to the bank Bai-Tushum for a loan - to purchase cows for fattening and subsequent sale at the market at a premium. Upinisa plans to invest income from the loan in further propagation of the quantity of domestic animals, and intends to collect money for putting on a wedding celebration for her daughter.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer JD Bergeron

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