A loan of $2,000 helped to purchase seeds and mineral fertilizer.

Bibiraikhon's story

F. Bibiraikhon is a fighting woman who has not allowed the passage of years to diminish the value of her work and, as such, has always set a solid example for many youths of today.

Bibiraikhon was born in a clearly agricultural family that taught the hard work of tilling the land and also the joint effort of arduous work. She has been dedicated for twelve years to agriculture, sowing corn, potatoes and onions in an independent way.

Bibiraikhon’s great wish is to provide for the studies of her three children and for this reason she works hard. At harvest time she sells directly in the wholesale market of her locality in order to obtain her profits.

Bibiraikhon requests a loan to acquire a greater quantity of fertilizer with the objective of improving the quality of her produce.

Support Bibiraikhon and her desire to work hard and improve her standard of living.

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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