D. Muhabat is married with two grown children. Eighteen years ago, Muhabat used some of her savings to start a small business selling fabrics for sewing the national dresses. She was able to rent a small place located in one of the local markets in the busy downtown. Her polite manner and rich experience have helped her operate her business successfully. Over time she has gotten to know the preferences and tastes of her customers, making her place a popular stop when they visit the market.
To meet growing demand from her customers, Muhabat is requesting a loan for 5000 Somoni, which will allow her to purchase more fabrics at wholesale prices. Increased selling capacity will not only meet the needs of her clients, but the additional profits generated will meet another of Muhabat’s goals: to help pay for her son’s college tuition. This loan will allow her to increase her income and provide the necessary funds to pay for her son’s education, which she considers her most valuable investment.
More about Tajikistan and IMON International
Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes being a key post along the Silk Road and the end of Alexander the Great's rule. It has also produced great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets, including Rudaki, Avicenna, Ferdowsi, Omar Khayyam, Jomi and Rumi. 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.
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
About IMON International
IMON International (IMON) is a micro-deposit organization in Tajikistan that provides entrepreneurs with access to high quality financial products and services, including business loans, agriculture loans, consumer loans and micro-leases. Aiming to alleviate poverty, the organization helps unbanked individuals establish businesses in different sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture and service. Kiva lenders’ funds will help the organization to expand its outreach to even more entrepreneurs, farmers and traders in Tajikistan.