A loan of $800 helped to increase his range of goods.


Uktam's story

Uktam Y. is 41 years old. He lives in Penjikent town. He is married and has four children. Uktam processes and sells raisins in the central local market. He purchases raisins from local farmers wholesale and, after processing, sells them to his customers. Because he buys his goods wholesale, his prices are lower than regular market prices. He offers a wide assortment of goods for clients of different means. All this allows Uktam to make his business quite successful and provides a stable income for the family. Currently, he needs a loan of $800 to buy supplies so that he can continue to offer a good product to his customers. Uktam expresses his gratitude for everyone who is supporting him.



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. 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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