A loan of $1,000 helped purchasing flour for baking the national bread, “lepeshka”.

Sharafniso's story

S. Sharafniso is 48 years old. She and her husband have two children. To improve her family position and support her husband with family expenses, Sharafniso started her business six years ago. She bakes “lepeshka,” the national bread, at home. Her son helps her with the business.

Sharafniso sells the majority of her products from her place. However, her mother (pictured) is also running a trading place in the central local market for selling the lepeshka. Sharafniso is doing all the best to ensure her children with the best future. Now she requests $1,000 for the term of 12 months. She is planning to purchase flour on a wholesale basis. Sharafniso is grateful for all supporting her and promises to manage the loan with accuracy.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes being 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 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, 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% 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

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