A loan of $1,925 helped to buy fertilizers, and seeds to grow watermelons, tomatoes, peppers and cotton.

Ainagul's story

Ainagul is 40 years old, and married with three children. She has a high school education. Their family's main income is from farming and raising livestock, which she started 20 years ago with 1,000 KGS. Thanks to Ainagul's hard work, they now have three dairy cattle, ten sheep and 2.34 hectares of land on which they grow apricots, tomatoes, peppers and cotton every year, both for their own use and to sell.

They also have a greenhouse in which they have also planted seeds for a few different vegetables. However, she needs to irrigate the land. Her income from farming is about 150,000 KGS annually. Her monthly income is 12,000 KGS. Ainagul has applied for a loan from micro-finance bank, Bai-Tushum, to buy seeds (apricot, tomato, pepper and cotton) to plant. She plans to use the extra income to invest in expanding her herd and save for a family car.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Margaret Rosen

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