A loan of $700 helped purchasing a new sewing machine.


Muhtaram's story

Muhtaram is an enterprising woman with a great desire to improve the quality of life of her family. She is married and the loving mother of two children. Muhtaram has been a seamstress since she was very young, having learnt this in her mother's shop. With a lot of effort she has been able to open her own shop at her home and has been successful because her customers have recognized the high quality of her products.

In this way, she constantly adds new clients and has seen her business grow. Today she is requesting a loan of 3000 Somoni for purchasing a new sewing machine. You can help improve the quality of life of her family. Muhtaram is 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 BC. 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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