A loan of $825 helped purchasing seed and mineral fertilizer.

Tavakal's story

T. Tavakal is an older man with lots of experience. He is married with four children. He is uneducated and he works in agriculture and has been involved in this business for more than 11 years, working with his family during this time. He is a professional farmer and, from back when he started his business, he has always wanted to improve his business. In the town where he lives, when any of the agricultural men face any difficulties, they come and ask IMON to help with their problems. Therefore, today Tavakal is applying to Kiva hoping for your help. He is requesting a loan of 3,500 somoni to buy some seeds and fertilizer for his land. He is grateful for this loan process.

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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