A loan of $800 helped to buy dried apricots for processing and resale.

Ravshanjon's story

M. Ravshanjon is married and has four children. He believes that his children must go to college to get ahead, and to make this possible he began processing and selling dried apricots to make enough money to pay for their tuition. This was his goal when he started his business seven years ago, and now he is experienced and able to expand his clientele day by day. To continue doing this, Ravshanjon needs a loan for $800 for nine months. He is going to spend the loan to buy dried apricots for processing and resale. With your help, Ravshanjon will be able to feel proud that through much effort, his children went to college and are honorable people.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes 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.A civil war, which erupted soon after 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 have viable business propositions. 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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