A loan of $2,500 helped to purchase apples and necessary supplies for saving his products.

Gairat's story

K. Gairat is 33 years old, married and has four children. His role as a father, which he has carried out for ten years, has helped him to understand the sacrifice and hard labor of the women of the house.

Gairat works in agriculture and has always been efficient in his labors. He has grown and sold apples for more than five years. Gairat dreams that all of his children will be well educated and have a bright future – that is why he works from early morning till late at night.

Gairat wants to borrow $2,500 USD to buy apples and necessary supplies for saving his products because he wants to sell them later when the price for them will increase. This loan request is to make Gairat's dream come true, and he is asking for help from your generous heart.

More about Tajikistan

Tajikistan, a key post on the Silk Road, is perhaps best known for its rich history. It was the location for the end of Alexander the Great's rule, and is known for its great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country, with its epic mountain passes, is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language and a civilization that dates back to the fourth millennium BC. Even today, it is a complex mix of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, New West culture and Central Asian traditions.

However, Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. The civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the USSR, damaged the already weak economy. In addition, 93 per cent of the country is mountainous and only 7 per cent of the land is arable. These conditions have resulted in high levels of unemployment and have forced hundreds of thousands of people 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.

More about IMON International

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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