A loan of $700 helped to purchase the meat and coal that he needs for preparing shish kebab in his café.

Abdujabbor's story

N. Abdujabbor, 34, is married with three children. Abdujabbor runs his own café, where he cooks and serves shish kebab. His café is located close to his house. He has been in this business for three years. Abdujabbor tries to use only the best ingredients in his café, and he believes it is for this reason that the business is stable and brings considerable income for the family.

Abdujabbor is planning to expand his business so that he may earn more money. With this purpose in mind, Abdujabbor is requesting a loan of $700 for the term of 12 months. He is planning to purchase the meat and coal that he needs for preparing shish kebab in his café.

Abdujabbor wants to thank everyone who is supporting him.

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 site of 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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