Total loan: $3,000
Zafarabad, Khatlon, Tajikistan / Agriculture
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A loan helped Purchasing calves to develop his business.
The business activity from which Bekzod makes a living is the raising livestock. He started this business three years ago with a small number of livestock, but as his business has developed, he has acquired greater quantities of animals for eventual sale and use of their derivatives. According to Bekzod, he works very hard so that he can support his family. For that reason, he is always looking for a way to improve the living conditions of his family. Currently Bekzod needs a loan of $3000 USD in order to purchase more cattle to later resell after raising them. This will allow him to fully meet the needs of his 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