Total loan: $750


Isfara, Sughd Province, Tajikistan / Food

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A loan helped To purchase dried apricots to sell.

Marhamat's story

Marhamat is married and has 4 children. She is a 58 year old woman. Despite her age, she’s still strong, bright, and doing well with her business. She started her business processing dried fruits and selling them at the market 10 years ago. The business has been growing little by little, permitting her to cover her family's needs, especially those of her children. Her goal is to grow as a business owner; she likes the work she is doing.

Marhamat is very hopeful about this business; you can help by fulfilling her loan request. She is requestinga loan of 2500 Somoni ($750 USD). With these funds, she will purchase dried apricots, which will help her to increase the range of goods she sells.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International: Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its rich history. History of note includes: it was once a key post along the Silk Road; the end of Alexander the Great's rule; the birthplace of the great Persian poet Rudaki; and the birthplace of 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.

However, 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.

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