Total loan: $600


Istaravshan, Sughd Province, Tajikistan / Transportation

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A loan helped Purchasing of the kapron gas-cylinder for the fuel supply system.

Erkin's story

Erkin G. offers transportation services in Istaravshan, Tajikistan, his home town. He started his own business 15 years ago after working as a public van driver. His enterprise has been an effective source of income for his family of seven. Erkin works 16 hours a day to provide a decent living for his family. Today, he is planning to replace the fuel supply system with a Kapron gas-cylinder because it's cheaper than using petrol. He requests 2000 Somoni ($600 US Dollars) for the term of 12 months. He thanks everyone supporting him and promises to repay the loan in a timely manner. The well-being of this family is on your hands. Brief History of Tajikistan 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 famous great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets including: Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country is home to epic mountain passes, communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language, and a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC. Today, it is a complex mixture of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, New West culture and Central Asian traditions. 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