Enhtaivan


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990069
Name: Enhtaivan
Parent's name: Bagsh
Ovog: Borjigon
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1957
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: secondary
Notes on education: büren dund
Work: diesel engineer
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Nalaih sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: Nalaih sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: none
Father's profession: Engineer


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Summary of Interview 081213B with Enhtaivan


Enhtaivan’s grandmother Dulmaa, who was the first woman to become a midwife doctor in Mongolia, was born in 1900. As she herself was infertile, Dulmaa adopted three children, one of whom was Enhtaivan’s mother. The story of her adoption is interesting. ‘When my mother was born, her father had his property confiscated. Dulmaa, who lived on the same street, witnessed how people from the Ministry of Internal Affairs carried out the confiscation. Among the confiscated goods was a lorry-load of flour. Having her husband taken away to a prison, the woman with a baby in her hand pleaded to take pity on her, at which a man from the Ministry kicked towards her a sack of 2nd grade flour’, says Enhtaivan. Seeing the predicament of the woman, Dulmaa decided to adopt her baby.


Enhtaivan’s mother did not work, due to poor health. It was up to her father, who worked long hours in the Nalaih mines, to look after the whole family. They had a small plot to grow vegetables, and had cows and chickens as well. ‘My father worked hard to feed us. I pitied him so much,’ recalls Enhtaivan. Being the oldest child in her family, Enhtaivan worked, helped her parents, and looked after her siblings. When her siblings grew up and started to work, the family lived in plenty.