Total loan: $1,200
Istaravshan, Sughd Province, Tajikistan / Agriculture
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A loan helped Purchasing mineral fertilizer.
Zarifjon is 38 years old and lives with his wife and 2 children. Recently he has gotten involved in agriculture, as his parents were farmers in their area and now he wishes to follow in their footsteps. For this reason he is giving his all to his land, where he is busy all day long. The harvest is what gives him the most pleasure from his work, since he can pick the products that cost him so much work in cultivating and caring. Nevertheless, the most difficult thing is acquiring the fertilizers necessary for his plots, since they are very expensive and raise the level of investment required in production. Zarifjon draws strength from his 2 children, whom he supports so that they may become professionals. He wishes to invest in the various fertilizers he needs for his crops, so that he can increase his production and his profits. More about Tajikistan and IMON International Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its rich history, which includes a key post along the Silk Road, the end of Alexander the Great's rule, and the birthplace of the great Persian poet Rudaki and the most famous Islamic philosopher Ibn Sina (Avicenna). 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, 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