A loan of $1,150 helped to purchase raw materials for the production of the chests.

Mihri's story

J. Mihri is 45 years old, married, and the loving mother of ten children. She, together with her husband, produces national chests that are used for saving a bride’s dowry. The national chests in Tajikistan are made of wood and are very colorful. Mihri has been in this business already for thirteen years. The business stability allows her to have the income to ensure that the family has the possibility of improving its living conditions.

Because of high demand for her products, Mihri now requests the loan of 5,000 Somoni in order to purchase raw materials for production of the chests. Mihri thanks all lenders who are giving her a chance to get ahead.

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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