A loan of $700 helped to purchase confectioneries to expand the range of goods.

Zahro's story

Zahro R. is 31 years old, a devoted mother living with her 3 children and her husband. She makes the most of an opportunity, such as when she started selling confectioneries in the food market of Isfara town. In this way, with the constant attention she gives almost all day long every day, she gets shoppers, which enables her to contribute to the home finances. This is an activity Zahro enjoys because she can rest from the hard labor in the countryside. She is motivated to do this work by the need to help support the family's finances, and she is able to take care of the education of her children who study in school. Zahro is requesting a loan with which she will invest in merchandise for her shop. She wishes to stock it with more products and offer the best every day.

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 com,munities 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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