Total loan: $1,200
Isfara, Sughd Province, Tajikistan / Food
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A loan helped To buy supplies for his dried fruit business.
H. Sharifkhudja is 26 years old. He lives in Isfara town. Sharifkhudja processes and sells dried fruits in the local central market. He is experienced in the business of making dried fruit. He purchases fruit from local farmers at a wholesale price, and after processing sells it to his customers. Because Sharifkhudja buys his goods wholesale, his prices are lower than regular market prices. He offers a wide assortment of goods for clients of different means. All this allows Sharifkhudja to make his business quite successful and it brings in a stable income for his family. Currently, he needs a loan of $1200 to buy supplies so he can continue to offer a good product to his customers. Sharifkhudja 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 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