A loan of $1,150 helped to increase the range of his vegetables.

Nuriddin's story

Vegetable sales are a flourishing business in Tajikistan for the simple reason that every home needs vegetables. Nuriddin has been selling fruits and vegetables in Dushanbe city for the past three years.

Nuriddin began his own stall with his hard-earned savings as he had always wanted to be an entrepreneur. He began selling in “Ganj” market with very little stock to offer his clients. Slowly he began to increase the goods offered until he managed to get a permanent market stall. Currently his stall is his pride and joy with a zinc roof and ceramic tiles on the floor.

Nuriddin is the father of three children who are in school. As any father, he is doing his best in order to ensure his children have the best future and to make them well-educated.

Now, Nuriddin needs a loan of 5,000 Somoni in order to increase the range of his stock. He expresses his gratitude to everyone supporting him.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International
Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes 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 B.C. 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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