A loan of $1,100 helped purchasing sportswear for men and boys.

Bahriniso's story

S. Bahriniso is 53 years old. She is married with 6 children. Bahriniso has been selling sportswear for men and boys for the past 15 years. She started because she had been out of work for some time and her children needed things which she couldn’t afford on her husband’s small income. With her savings she started to buy sportswear from her customers wholesale and has been selling it in the local market. Little by little she increased the number of clients and in that way, she has been supporting her children.

Nevertheless, presently the selection of her inventory is poor and therefore she is requesting a loan of 4,800 Somoni. With this loan Bahriniso can purchase new and varied merchandise to offer her customers. With your support she will be able to increase her business and save money for her children’s expenses.

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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