A loan of $2,000 helped purchasing foodstuffs in order to increase the range of goods for selling.

Ahliddin's story

S. Ahliddin is 38 years old. He is married with six children. Ahliddin is selling foodstuffs like macaroni, wheat, buckwheat, cottonseed oil and other products. When Ahliddin started the business two years ago it was only retail sales. Gradually expanding the business, he purchased the goods as a wholesaler and distributed them among the stores. The business became successful and stable.

Currently Ahliddin requests $2,000 US for the term of 12 months. The loan will be spent for purchasing foodstuff to increase the range of goods for selling. Ahliddin thanks all supporting him and promises to pay the loan in a timely manner.

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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