A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase new fabrics to increase her range of goods.

Mutahira's story

R. Mutahira is 30 years old. She is married and the loving mother of two children. Mutahira, being devoted mother, is doing all the best in order her children to be well educated and to make them happy. She is a hard-working woman struggling to feed her children by selling the national fabrics for the national dresses.

Mutahira has her trading place in the central local markets of Istaravshan city. She is trying to have a wide range of goods in order to be able to meet the requirements of her customers and to satisfy the needs of her clients with different levels of income.

Today, Mutahira feels that with more working capital her business could generate more income, so she is asking for a loan of $1,500 to jump-start the business and raise the family's standard of living.

Let's help this incredible mother to give her children a brighter future.

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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