Total loan: $1,150
Istaravshan, Sughd Province, Tajikistan / Retail
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A loan helped To purchase winter boots for resale.
Mutahira is a hardworking entrepreneur from Istaravshan, a city in the northern part of Tajikistan. Together with her husband they have three children. She runs a business where she sells kids' shoes at the busy central market in Istaravshan. Mutahira started her business 11 years ago and has run it with both extreme care and seriousness. It is an important source of income for her family of five, considering her husband is currently unemployed. Mutahira has requested a loan of 5,000 Somoni so that she can purchase additional inventory of winter boots for kids and to continue developing her business. Thanks to this loan, she will be able to grow her business further and help feed her family. 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 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