A loan of $800 helped purchase a variety of fabrics for local cultural dresses.

Mukaramakhon's story

Mukaramakhon K. is 36 years old. She is married and the mother of two children. Mukaramakhon's lack of a stable job and the slow productivity of her husband's business as an ecologist did not leave enough money to meet family expenses. For this reason, 10 years ago, Mukaramakhon decided to start her own business, selling fabrics for local cultural dresses. Little by little she made her business grow and by offering her clients a way to pay in installments greatly increased her revenue. Now her business is running smoothly. However, she would like to continue increasing her business so that her situation would be more stable in the future. She is asking for a loan of $ 800 USD that she will pay back in 6 months. With this money, Mukaramakhon will be able to buy seasonal fabrics for the local cultural dresses. The power to help her business grow is in your hands.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its rich history, which includes a key post along the Silk Road; the end of Alexander the Great's rule; and with it’s famous great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets as: Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language, epic mountain passes, and a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC. And, even today, it is a complex mixture of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, New West culture and Central Asian traditions.
But, Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. The civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the U.S.S.R., further damaged the already weak economy. In addition, 93% of the country is mountainous and only 7% of the land is arable. These conditions have resulted in high levels of unemployment and have forced hundreds of thousands to seek work in other countries, mainly Russia. While the people of Tajikistan are working to improve its agricultural production and manufacturing sector, nearly two-thirds of the population still live in abject poverty.

IMON's History
Since December 2007, IMON International has worked closely with Kiva and Kiva lenders to ensure that poor and low income clients represent a viable business proposition. Funds raised through Kiva have already been distributed to thousands of IMON International's clients and will continue to provide thousands more with permanent access to the varied financial services they need. To learn more about IMON International's work, please visit: www.imon.tj

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