A loan of $1,125 helped purchasing of fabrics.

Zebo's story

F. Zebo is an enterprising woman. She is married and has two children. Her husband is a taxi driver and his salary isn't stable, so sometimes debts would accumulate. To help her husband, Zebo decided to start her own business, designing and making national dresses for women. She began after her first child was born and started with a small machine she already owned. Now she has a small workshop and two employees that help her cover the demands of her clients. The good service and fine quality she offers has made her business grow into a small company.

Zebo wants a loan of 4800 Somoni to buy materials and repair her sewing machine so she can fill her customer's orders. The loan will help her business grow and raise the quality of life for her family. Zebo sincerely thanks you for your help.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes being 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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