A loan of $2,000 helped to purchase seasonal fabrics for increasing her range of goods.

Dilfuza's story

O. Dilfuza is 32 years old. She is married and is the mother of four children.

Dilfuza's lack of a stable job and the slow productivity of her husband's business as an entrepreneur didn't leave enough money to pay the expenses of the family. This was the reason that Dilfuza decided to start her own business nine years ago, selling the fabrics of the national dresses.

Little by little Dilfuza has made her business grow and by allowing her clients to pay in installments her orders are getting bigger. Now her business is running normally. However, she would like to continue bettering herself and her business so her situation will be stable in the future.

Dilfuza is asking for a loan of $2,000. With this money, she will be able to buy seasonal fabrics for the national dresses. The power to help her business grow is in your hands.

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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