E. Manzura is 48 years old. She is a widow with 4 children. Manzura sells dried fruits in the central local market. She has been in this business for 4 years. Dried fruits are very popular in Tajikistan - all hostesses have dried fruits in storage to serve in case her family has guests. Moreover, dried fruits are served as a rule during all family occasions, such as weddings and birthday parties. Considering the constant demand for these goods Manzur's business is quite successful and provides a stable income for her family. Today Manzura requests 7,500 Somoni to purchase dried fruits to increase the range of goods she is selling. Manzura has already demonstrated herself as a good client with positive credit history, but she would also like to thank everyone for their support and promises to pay the loan on time.
More about Tajikistan and IMON International:
Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes having been a key post along the Silk Road and having witnessed 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 epic mountain passes, a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC, and communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language. 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 lives in abject poverty.
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