A loan of $925 helped to purchase a new sewing machine.

Matluba's story

M. Matluba is 24 years old, unmarried and living with her parents. She is a well-known seamstress in her community, seeing that she has been working there for more than four years. Four years ago, Matluba decided to take advantage of her reputation and bought a used tailoring machine and since then she has provided tailoring services.

Matluba says that she now has a well-established clientele, the majority of whom are young girls who often order the national dresses. In this way, she constantly adds new clients and has seen her business grow. Now she is requesting a loan of 4,000 Somoni to purchase a new sewing machine in order to provide her high quality service.

You can help improve the quality of life of her family. Matluba and her family are grateful for your generosity and support.

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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