A loan of $1,500 helped to increasing working capital for development of the business.


Abdugafur's story

B. Abdugafur has been selling women's shawls for eight years. He is 39 years old and married with three children. Abdugafur began selling to acquaintances and friends and, after a while, he realized that he had a lot of clients. So, he decided to rent a shop and establish himself in the market. He is a very enterprising man with a great desire to get ahead. His business has been able to show the fruits of his labor and he hopes to grow as a businessman.

Abdugafur needs a loan of $1500 US, which he plans to invest in inventory in order to offer better service and variety to his clients. You can be an important part of the growth of this business. Today is your opportunity to help, have no doubt!

More about Tajikistan and IMON International: Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its epic mountain passes and its rich history which includes its place as a key post along the Silk Road and events at the end of Alexander the Great's rule. It has produced famous thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets, including Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, and Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language and a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC. 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. A civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the U.S.S.R., further damaged an 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 productivity and the 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 viable business prospects. 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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