Total loan: $1,150


Dushanbe, Districts of Republican Subordination, Tajikistan / Food

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A loan helped Increasing of the range of fruits for selling.

Mahbuba's story

Mahbuba is a 29-year-old married mother of two children. Her husband is an entrepreneur and Mahbuba started her business seven years ago in order to support her family. All year she sells fruits that she buys from local farmers. Twice a week, Mahbuba travels over 20 km to sell her produce for attractive prices at the busy market. With the loan of 5,000 TJS from Kiva, she plans to increase the range of her selling goods and to buy more fruits for selling. Mahbuba strives to give her children a better life than they have, including supporting them through a good education. Mahbuba is a well spoken, friendly businesswoman who is worthy of the support of Kiva partners. 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