A loan of $700 helped to buy spare parts and a diagnostic device for repairing electronics.

Ravshan's story

H. Ravshan is 19 years old. He is a young craftsman. He has a small shop for repairing electronic devices like TVs, radios, CD recorders, tape recorders and others. He was taught this technical skill by his father. Being a good repairman, Ravshan is also able to suggest equipment of a better quality and more attractive price to his clients. His business is very stable and brings significant support for his family. Today Ravshan requests 3000 Somoni in order to purchase spare parts and a diagnostic device for repairing electronics. Ravshan thanks all lenders for their support and wants to ensure them that he will repay the loan with accuracy and on time.

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. 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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