A loan of $1,150 helped to purchase dried apricots.


Gulbahor's story

M. Gulbahor is a dynamic and ambitious 43-year-old woman. She is married and has four children. For about 13 years, Gulbahor has had a small business processing dried apricots. Thanks to the quality of her products and the experience she has gained in this sphere of business, she has earned a solid reputation among her customers and the demand for her goods has grown, allowing Gulbahor to contribute significantly to her household. Now Gulbahor requests 5000 somoni to purchase dried apricots, so she can process and sell them. Gulbahor hopes that she can continue to provide her children with education, so they will get an adequate education. She expresses her gratitude to everyone who is supporting her.


More about Tajikistan and IMON International:
Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its epic mountain passes and its rich history which includes its place as a key post along the Silk Road and events at the end of Alexander the Great's rule. It has produced famous 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 and a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC. 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. A civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the U.S.S.R., further damaged an 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 productivity and the 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 viable business prospects. 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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