A loan of $925 helped to buy supplies for embroidering national skull-caps.

Sharofat's story

M. Sharofat is 44 years old and is divorced with two children. Her business is the main source of income for her family.

Sharofat participated in the training and now she has been running her business already for ten years. She embroiders the national skull-cap for men and women. She is really hardworking, getting up very early and going to bed very late. When she is not embroidering the skull-caps she is selling them in the local market.

Sharofat is planning to expand her business. She requested 4,000 Somoni to purchase necessary supplies for embroidering national skull-caps. Having obtained a loan from IMON seven times, Sharofat had shown herself as a reliable client. Your support will really help her. Let’s get behind this dedicated mother to improve her living standard.

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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