A loan of $1,000 helped purchasing fabric to sell for sewing national dresses.

Mahbuba's story

Mahbuba is married and has a daughter. This is an average family from Istaravshan, Tajikistan. However, Mahbuba is a unique entrepreneur. She has been selling fabric for national dresses in the central city market for about 11 years, running her own small venture successfully. The secret of her success is simple: not only does she tell her customers the benefits of her products, but she also gives them a sense of relationship which brings them back again and again. However, she doesn’t want to stop where she is with her venture. Mahbuba is seeking a loan of $1000 USD to re-stock the merchandise in her store. We believe that Mahbuba’s desire to excel in pleasing her customers will ensure her further success and encourage new customers to buy from 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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