A loan helped to purchase confectioneries to expand the range of goods.

Marufakhon's story

Marufakhon O. is 51 years old. She is married with 4 children. She started her own business 6 years ago because her husband’s salary wasn’t enough for their family expenses. Marufakhon, together with the help of her son (pictured), sells confectionery like candies, cookies, and pastries in the local market. The generated income allows Marufakhon to support her family. She dreams of educating all of her children with a higher education. Today, she is requesting 6000 Somoni that she will use to purchase confectionery for expanding the range of goods. The income she will receive will be spent on the well being of her family, as well as for her children's education.

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 Western 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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