A loan of $575 helped to purchasing a new sewing machine which is on sale.


Bibiradjab's story

Bibiradjab is the married mother of three children. She has twenty years experience in her tailor shop. On her own initiative she began to elaborate garments, which she then began to sell. This endeavor went very well and, little by little, she has been purchasing different kinds of sewing machines for her store. She works every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bibiradjab is requesting this loan in order to purchase a new electrical sewing machine, which is currently on sale, and which she needs very much. With this investment, she will be able to improve her earnings and to improve her store. Also, she will be able to give a better product to her customers.

Bibiradjab would like to be able, little by little, to improve her quality of life and to remodel her tailor shop so that it looks nicer.

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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