A loan of $800 helped purchasing new fabrics to increase her range of goods.

Rahima's story

H. Rahima is 42 years old. She is married and has a son. She owns a specialized fabrics store at the central market in the town of Penjikent. Rahima works in a sphere of trade where the demand is always very consistent and high, because the national dresses of Tajikistan are very popular and a very important item of the dowry of any girl. She is one of the leading fabrics vendors in the market where she works. She is very persistent and determined in all of her business endeavors, which has helped to sustain her venture for 10 years.

Rahima is a skilled entrepreneur. When she started this trade, she implemented the basic concepts of integrity and hard work in her business in order to attain ultimate success. This laid a firm foundation for winning results and Rahima has obviously been a successful small entrepreneur.

However, she doesn’t want to stop. She would like to continue to see her venture grow. Today she is requesting a loan of $800 for 12 months to increase her assorted inventory. With your help, Rahima will be able to make her business succeed and support her son's education.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes a key post along the Silk Road and 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, communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language, and a civilization that dates back to the fourth millennium BC. 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 percent of the country is mountainous and only 7 percent 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.

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