A loan of $2,850 helped to purchase more fresh vegetables for making salads.

Kunduz's story

Kunduz is married, has three children, and devotes her time to selling salads. Her husband works as an independent welder but does not earn enough to pay for household expenses or for their children's education. That's why she decided to help him by opening her business, which she started twelve years ago.

At first, Kunduz sold to her neighbors and, little by little, her business has been growing and now she sells in the markets. Her oldest daughter helps her in the business and wishes to continue to make it grow.

Kunduz is requesting a loan for 12,300 Somoni to purchase fresh vegetables for making salads. She and her family are very grateful for the support that you give to allow them to continue their business and improve their quality of life.

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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