A loan of $1,200 helped to buy corn, melon, and cotton seeds as well as fertilizers.

Mairash's story

Mairash is 45 years old, married, and together with her husband, is raising five children. Mairash has a secondary education. As the main source of income for her family, Mairash practices livestock breeding and crop farming. She started this business 14 years ago with 20,000 som (KGS). Thanks to Mairash's hard work, she currently has 2 milk cows and 10 sheep on her farm. She also has a greenhouse on the territory of her house. She additionally has a 1.80 hectare plot of land on which she annually grows corn, watermelons and cotton for personal consumption and sale. Her monthly income is 10,000 som (KGS). For the purpose of further developing her business, Mairash turned to Microfinance Bank "Bai Tushum." She is requesting a loan to buy high quality corn, watermelon and cotton seeds for sowing as well as fertilizers for cultivating the land. Mairash is determined to receive a good harvest, which will fundamentally increase her family's capital. Mairash plans to invest the earnings from the loan in the further acquisition of livestock. She also intends to save money to buy a new barn for her livestock.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Hilary Hemmings

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