A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase seeds and mineral fertilizer.

Firuza's story

Opportunities have never been scarce for Firuza, who has worked incessantly in diverse trades to support her family. Firuza is a widow and mother of two children. For more than five years, she has worked on the land, cultivating different kinds of crops. She has formed her own businesses depending on the circumstances and the demands of the community.

With her earnings, Firuza has been able to provide food for her children and send them to school. They are now grown and have become productive members of the community. Firuza feels happy that she has completed her work as a mother, although this job truly never ends because she will always be concerned for their wellbeing. What Firuza urgently needs right now are fertilizers and other chemicals for cultivating her land. Firuza doesn’t just need good land; she also needs a friendly hand to help her out.

More about Tajikistan

Tajikistan, a key post on the Silk Road, is perhaps best known for its rich history. It was the location for the end of Alexander the Great's rule, and is known for its great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country, with its epic mountain passes, is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language and a civilization that dates back to the fourth millennium BC. Even today, it is a complex mix of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, New West culture and Central Asian traditions.

However, Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. The civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the USSR, damaged the already weak economy. In addition, 93 per cent of the country is mountainous and only 7 per cent of the land is arable. These conditions have resulted in high levels of unemployment and have forced hundreds of thousands of people 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.

More about IMON International

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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