A loan of $1,500 helped purchasing dried apricots.

Ehsonjon's story

Ehsonjon is a hardworking, responsible man who lives with his wife and two children. In order to provide for his children's needs while caring for them, he decided to start his own business processing and selling dried apricots. His wife helped him by sharing her best recipes and processing secrets. Fortunately, his work has paid off, and his business has grown with more orders and new clients coming in every day. Ehsonjon is asking for a loan of US$1,500, which he will use to purchase needed supplies and to remodel his location. He hopes that by doing this he will increase his sales and income. You can be a part of this growth. Ehsonjon and his parents thank you for your generosity and kindness.

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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