A loan of $925 helped to purchase seeds and fertilizer.

Oisha's story

K. Oisha is 50 years old and is an admirable mother. Together with her husband (pictured), she has shown a great, diligent spirit and enthusiasm for agricultural work. This activity has let them educate their children. Oisha continues to strive towards providing well-being and education for her children and towards being able to cover the expenses that her delicate health requires every day. As a result of this, her work has been very limited, and her profits have decreased notably. Since Oisha now wishes to increase the quality of her products by purchasing fertilizers. Her goal is to obtain a larger income to keep providing her children with education and improve the living conditions. She is requesting a loan of 4,000 Somoni, which she will use to make her dreams a reality.

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 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 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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