|Born||January 4, 1866|
|Died||September 6, 2017 (aged 151)|
|Occupation||founder of Kuzik Logistics|
Early life and business
Kuzik was born on January 4, 1866 in Jozon, the capital and largest port in the Tuanmali state of Jozon. She was the oldest of four daughters, and when her mother died in childbirth in 1891, Kuzik took on much of the responsibility of raising her sisters.
In 1892, Kuzik's father Lare moved the family to Kīmi Kīmis We, seeking work in the mines. The region was newly independent from Mwamba, and the recent discovery of [undisclosed mineral resource] in the area drove immigration in huge numbers. The area was rife with dangers, from rough terrain to Mwamban raids, and her father died three years later in 1895 after being attacked by a terror bird.
Left with three siblings and no outside means of support at just 29 years of age, young for a dalar, Kuzik began selling supplies to the miners, transporting them by cart from town to the mines, traveling miles over dangerous roads.
Kuzik Logistics and the Kojuruv Highlands Conflict
Kuzik's supply business initially had modest success. By the early 1900s, she had expanded to several employees and had transportation contracts with several local mines and suppliers in the main shipping hubs of Kīmi Kīmis We. However, when Dhwer invaded parts of Kīmi Kīmis We in 1906 and the region turned to outright war, virtually all private shipping in and out of the region stopped, save for that protected by Tuanmali (and, later, Taanttu) military convoys.
Despite being urged by business associates and family, Kuzik refused to leave the region, seizing the opportunity to buy up shipping contracts from other businesspeople fleeing the region. Leveraging the connections she had built with local Kīmi Kīmis We inhabitants to plot new routes and avoid guerilla raids, Kuzik's company--now known as Kuzik Logistics--became known for every delivery arriving in full and on time. Though targeted several times by Dhwer forces, Kuzik always managed to slip away, famously escaping the city of Kel Sela only hours before the Dhwer siege began in 1912. Her remarkable success led some to speculate whether she was dealing with both sides, but the essential services provided by Kuzik Logistics meant few dug too deeply.
Being originally from Tuanmali, Kuzik supported unification with Tuanmali after the war and campaigned vocally for it. After the annexation in 1921, she expanded Kuzik Logistics into neighboring Altūnwelēnīn, again focusing on supplying mines and logging camps. With the newfound peace, military protection of convoys was no longer necessary, and again Kuzik Logistics stepped in to oversee shipping of raw materials from the mines to market.
By the 1970s, Kuzik Logistics was serving all 21 Tuanmali states through railroad partnerships as well as over-the-road trucking.
In 1992, Kuzik stepped down as president of the company, citing her declining health. She was replaced by Bacal Stenar.
Kuzik never married, but after her sister Saja passed away in 1947, Kuzik adopted her 8-year-old daughter Jējēn.
Kuzik remained politically active in Kīmi Kīmis We throughout her life, though she declined to run for office due to the responsibilities of managing her company. She also cofounded the Kojuruv Mining Association, a nonprofit founded in 1925 to provide financial support and education to orphaned children of miners.
Death and legacy
After several years of poor health, Kuzik died on September 6, 2017 at 151 years of age. She was survived by her adopted daughter and her youngest sister, Ebāko.