A loan of $1,500 helped to expand his café.

Shokir's story

K. Shokir is 41 years old and is married with two children. His wife is the housekeeper.

For more than two years Shokir has been running a small open café where he cooks kebab (pieces of meat roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit). His café is located inside the food market of the city.

Shokir’s children are growing up and, accordingly, their expenses are rising. For this reason he wishes to expand his café in order to make more profit from his business. He requests the loan of 1500 US Dollars in order to increase his capital and expand his business.

With your support, you can improve the quality of life for Shokir and his family and help his business grow and prosper. He is sincerely grateful for your 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 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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