A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase more goods in order to increase the variety of goods she sells.


Mukarram's story

M. Mukarram is a 46-year-old woman. She is married and the mother of two children. Mukarram has a grocery store which she attends to herself, along with caring for her family and her home. She began her business ten years ago. The reason for starting the business was to increase her large family’s income, and the business has been growing gradually ever since. The business went well from the beginning. By the time Mukarram expanded her business, her grocery store was well known in her community.

In order to expand her business further, she is requesting a loan of $1500. Mukarram is planning to spend the loan for purchasing more goods to sell, thus increasing the variety of food she sells. She promises to repay her loan without any violations and thanks everyone who decides to support her. 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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