A loan of $1,300 helped to purchase a refrigerator and more foodstuffs.

Salomat's story

S. Salomat is 45 years old. She is married and has four children.

Salomat runns a cafe where she provides the meals of the national cuisine. She’s renting the catering room which is located in the central local market which allows Salomat to have many clients, the majority of which are those making purchases in the market. Every day she purchases the latest foodstuffs and cooks delicious dishes. Her daughter helps her with the business.

Now Salomat is asking for a loan $1300 for the term of 12 months that will be used to buy a refrigerator and more foodstuffs. Salomat thanks all those supporting her and promises to repay the loan promptly.

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 B.C. 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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