A loan of $400 helped to purchase foodstuffs to diversify stock.


Azamat's story

G. Azamat is a young man who, little by little, reaches his goals through perseverance and dedication. Thanks to his personal strengths and desire to provide a better future for his family, he has progressed from salesman to becoming his own boss. Approximately two years ago, Azamat rented a place which had deteriorated badly, with terrible conditions, and there he started his business. Since then, he has expanded his grocery and now it is one of the best known groceries in his community.

Azamat is now requesting a loan of $400 US with a term of 12 months, to increase the stock of foodstuffs in his store. Azamat is ready to work even harder, make sacrifices, and push every once in a while, to achieve his goal and become a successful entrepreneur. We believe his perseverance and clear vision will become key success factors in his small business.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International:
Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its epic mountain passes and its rich history which includes its place as a key post along the Silk Road and events at the end of Alexander the Great's rule. It has produced famous thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets, such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language and a civilization that dates back to the 4th 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. A civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the U.S.S.R., further damaged an 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 productivity and the 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 viable business prospects. 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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