A loan of $1,375 helped purchasing more food to increase the range of items sold in his store.

Djabor's story

A. Djabor is a 53 year old married man with 4 children. After finding it very difficult to get a job and needing to generate an income, he started his own small business selling groceries 5 years ago. Djabor began by selling a small selection of basic products and added to his inventory as he gained more customers. His business has expanded greatly thanks to his efforts and he was recently able to purchase a larger refrigerator. Djabor is requesting a loan of 6000 Somoni to purchase additional merchandise to stock his store and meet his customers' demand. Your support will help improve his life and expand his business. Thank you!

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 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, moreover, it is a complex mixture of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, New West culture and Central Asian traditions.

Unfortunately, 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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