Young entrepreneur Indira Akimbayeva from Birzhan sal district of Akmola region

One of the main tasks of our country is the revival of the village – make our villages prosperous, modern and promising.
They carry out these tasks – ordinary rural people – sore for their native village. And it is very encouraging when young people take part in this important issue.

The main goal of our organization is the Agricultural Union of Women of Kazakhstan to popularize women’s entrepreneurship in the countryside. We published more than a hundred success stories of successful women – successful businesswomen. Today is a story about the young promising Indira Akimbayeva – a rural entrepreneur of Kenashchi district Birzhan sal of Akmola region.

Indira was born and raised in the city, the district center of Stepnyak, graduated from the city school, studied at the Agrarian Institute in Astana, continued her studies at the magistracy in Kazan, then graduated from Kazan State Law University.

Despite her comprehensive and not one higher education, Indira chose another path in life. Although education is not superfluous. Everything in life is in demand. In 2011, she married the beautiful guy Yerbol from the neighboring village of Kenashchi. She began to engage in entrepreneurship already in 2010 – she took part in tenders for the rental of school canteens “School meals,” fed students in three villages of the district. But I wanted something more.


To strengthen and develop their business, the young family read and learned a lot about various state support programs, and they became interested in the program “Financial Support Fund for Raising Young People in the Countryside.” In 2013, Indira decided to take a loan and opened a cafe in the village, which was very necessary for the villagers. However, in the process of work, I realized that keeping school canteens and cafes without my own meat is not at all profitable. Having discussed and weighed his opportunities at the family council with her husband Yerbol, who at that time was already successfully engaged in farming, he had his own sown areas and agricultural machinery. Young spouses decided to pay off the existing loan ahead of schedule and in 2016 took a loan to acquire cattle. They bought 30 heads of Kazakh white-headed cattle of the meat direction from a local entrepreneur. But for their business, such a number of livestock was not enough. We learned that there is still a profitable program of state support for Sybag – the purchase of foreign cattle. Governor of Nugmanov district Bolat Bekenovich helped young entrepreneurs achieve lending under this program. Having overcome all the necessary procedures and paper red tape, with their husband they acquired 40 heads of the purebred, tribal cattle of the Gereford breed from Russia. A 10-month calf of such a breed reaches 300-350 kg of live weight. Such an acquisition has become more profitable for young entrepreneurs than having several dozen homeless cattle.

Everything seems to be going well, the family business is developing – there is its own established economy, every year Indira takes part in tenders for catering, there is its own agricultural equipment, there is a cafe, two grocery stores. But she is overcome by a cherished dream – to open a dairy farm, to purchase dairy cows. I really hope that the dream will come true.

Here, her story about the cherished project: “I would like to fulfill my dream. And I would like help from the state, through some programs. It is now a dream for me, since in order to open a dairy farm, under the terms of the lending program, it is necessary to purchase at least 50 heads of milking cows. One such cow costs 700 thousand tons, in addition, it is necessary to immediately purchase special equipment – cooler bunkers, milking machines, special equipment, a specially equipped cow base. The way out is, of course, the creation of agricultural cooperators, but this is not always a profitable solution to the issue.

If the state program to open a dairy farm would allow us to have 30-40 dairy cow heads, we would fulfill my dream, but unfortunately, there are restrictions. To gain experience in this matter, I was in the dairy farms of the Moscow and Kirov regions of Russia, Tatarstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, watched how they run their economy, how they produce milk. I watched videos of dairy farms from Germany sent to me. All this is admiring.

I would like to support the state for small and medium-sized businesses, as we do, engaged and developing on our own. We started with 10-15 goals, and now the fatherland has 113 goals. We have been engaged in animal husbandry for only four years. For our business, we need sown and pasture land. Land is given, but very far away, and those areas that are nearby are pledged in banks.

Denying the support of the state would not be fair. At the beginning of the creation of our business, when we acquired the first livestock, Agrocredit Corporation acted as a guarantor to us, for financing by almost 50%. Now annually and on time we receive subsidies for breeding, for breeding bulls, for agricultural machinery up to harvesting, mower, seedlings, etc. These support measures do not give all farms. We entered this tranche of subsidies, since we have more than 50 heads of mother stock. Perhaps there are still some measures of state support that we do not know or that are possibly still being solved or created that would help us solve our economic problems. “

Indira also said that there is no electricity in their base. This year, as part of the support of small and medium-sized businesses, the state is installing solar panels for free, which will be placed on the roof of the base and thus a number of electricity issues will be resolved. For many years there has been a problem with water supply in the village of Kenashchi. This year they are given a well, and for convenience to shepherds and workers, the state also grants them portable yurts. By the way, Indira and her husband created a permanent 12 jobs, and in the summer season the number of seats provided reaches 15 people.

Indira Akimbayeva is a large mother of four children – the eldest daughter is 9 years old, and the youngest son is 6 months old, but this does not prevent her from farming in any way. She never sat on maternity leave and constantly in work.

I will end my story about Indira by saying: “I really love my work, my occupation. I do my farming, participate in tenders, and manage to pay attention to my children, deal with them. I was born and lived in the city, our district center, but life here, in the small village of Kenashchi, suits me quite well. There is a space, clean air, environmentally friendly food, my beloved family and business to my liking. “

Author Zhakupova Gulyaim

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