A loan of $700 helped buy spare parts for repairing his car.

Utkirjon's story

J. Utkirjon is 27 years old. He is married and has four daughters. Utkirjon uses his car to provide taxi services. He has been in this business for the last six years, and he has gained a rich experience on driving. Utkirjon always trys to provide high quality services at prices that are attractive to his customers. Utkirjon is doing his best to make his business stable and profitable because he is the main bread-winner in his large family. He is ready to work from early morning until late at night in order to keep his customers and to obtain new ones. Today his car needs thorough repairing, so he is requesting a loan of 3000 Somoni. He wants to purchase spare parts such as wheels, antifreeze, and other parts. Utkirjon thanks everyone for supporting him and promises to repay the loan in a timely manner. The well-being of this family is in your hands.

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. Tajikistan has 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 BC. 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 have access to viable business opportunuties. 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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