A loan of $1,700 helped to purchase seasonal clothing, which will help her to continue stabilizing her business.

Mavluda's story

F. Mavluda is married with three children. She and her husband have a business selling children's clothing items in the central market of Dushanbe. Mavluda offers a big assortment of inventory and has a flexible discount system for her loyal customers. Mavluda’s business is going well, as demand has been very stable over the last 11 years.

Mavluda is an entrepreneur of high integrity. She is hardworking and energetic. Even when her competitors have similar products or lower prices, clients naturally gravitate to her as she has a natural skill for making people feel feel valued, respected, and heard.

Mavluda is requesting a loan of $1,700 in order to purchase seasonal clothing, which will help her to continue stabilizing her business and income so that she can help to support herself and her family. Please help this woman of so much strength and courage to keep working.

More about Tajikistan

Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its rich history, which includes being a key post along the Silk Road and being the location of the end of the rule of Alexander the Great. It is also known for its famous great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets, such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi, and many others. The country, filled with epic mountain passes, is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language, and boasts a civilization that dates back to the fourth millennium BC. 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 percent of the country is mountainous and only 7 percent 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.

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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