A loan helped purchasing flour wholesale in order to bake lepeshka for sale.

Zarif's story

Y. Zarif is 27 years old. He and his wife are raising three children. Zarif is an experienced bread baker and has been engaged in this business for more than eight years. He bakes the national bread, “lepeshka,” at home, with the help of his wife. Zarif sells the majority of his product from his home, where he has many customers, but he also runs a trading place in the local marketplace, where he sells his ”lepeshka” at market.

Zarif is requesting $600 for the term of 12 months. He is planning to purchase flour wholesale.

Zarif is grateful to all who choose to support him, and he promises to manage the loan with accuracy and timeliness.

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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