A loan of $1,175 helped to purchase more confectionary to sell and also to buy fodder for his cattle.

Shamsullo's story

T. Shamsullo is 23 years old. In spite of the fact that he does not yet have his own family, he is supporting his parents.

Shamsullo sells confectionery and has been in this business already for six years. This activity generates the main income for the his family.

Since Shamsullo became very popular in the market by selling fresh and tasty pastry, he tries to maintain a wide range of goods. Thus, today he requests 5,000 Somoni to increase the variety of confectionery that he sells. With your help, Shamsullo will be able to make his business succeed and, in the very near future, make his own family.

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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