A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase additional apricots for her business.

Nasiba's story

Nasiba K. is 37 years old, married and has two children. She is a teacher in a local school. Considering the low wages teachers earn, Nasiba started her own business of processing and selling apricots nine years ago. Dried fruit, especially dried apricots, are very popular in Tajikistan and are good for one’s health as well. Considering the constant demand for these dried fruits, Nasiba’s apricot business is quite successful and has resulted in a significant and stable income benefitting her household and the education of her dear children.

Today Nasiba is requesting a loan of $1500 USD. She is going to use the loan to purchase more apricots with the purpose of expanding the range of apricot products she sells. Nasiba expresses her gratitude to everyone who supports her. Help this woman of much strength and courage to keep working.

About Tajikistan:

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 epic mountain passes, communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language, and a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC. Even today, it is a complex mixture of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture and new Western cultures and Central Asian traditions.

But Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. The civil war that 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.

About IMON International:

Since December 2007, IMON International has worked closely with Kiva and Kiva lenders to ensure that poor and low-income clients have access to reasonable financial services. 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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