Total loan: $1,200


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Istaravshan, Sughd Province, Tajikistan / Agriculture

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Zafar's story

Zafar G. is originally from the town of Istaravshan. For several years he has dedicated himself to sheep breeding. He has attended to this work with great effort in order to maintain his home. He is married with 3 children and has the duty of supporting his family. For this reason he has decided to once again come to IMON International for help in buying sheep to raise. It is his dream to develop his business with more loans and in this way continue to maintain his humble home. At this time he has taken out 2 loans and has repaid them both in a timely manner. Zafar promises to repay this loan in a timely manner, as well, and thanks all Kiva lenders for trusting and supporting him. 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