A loan of $700 helped purchasing of new appliances for selling.

Dilbar's story

Z. Dilbar is 42 years old. She is married and has 3 children. The elder daughter is already married and the two younger children are still living with the parents. The husband of Dilbar is not earning much money. In order to help her husband, and to support her family, Dilbar has been running her business already for 2 years. She is selling household appliances with the help of her daughter (pictured). All the equipment is imported from Uzbekistan and other countries. The business generates a significant income for the family, allowing improvement of their living conditions. Today, Dilbar requests 3000 Somoni. She is going to purchase new household appliances for expanding the variety of goods that she has for sale.

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 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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