A loan of $1,000 helped purchase livestock to expand the business.

Karima's story

E. Karima is 54 years old (daughter is pictured). She is married with three children. The difficult circumstances and hardships in her life made her recognize the value of work from a very young age.

For about 13 years she has purchased young sheep and calves from the local market, then fattens and sells them. Karima is a very hard-working, and her diligence is incredible. She looks for a way to provide extra income to her home.

Karima wakes up early every morning to feed her cows and bulls. She is supporting her children with education. Her daughter who is pictured helps with the business. She is requesting a loan of $1000 to buy calves to expand her business.
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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