A loan of $2,000 helped major repairs to his café.

Sharif's story

Sharif G. is 46 years old. He is married and has three children. Sharif lives with his parents and is the main breadwinner for this large family.

Sharif runs a café where he cooks different national dishes. A very good and experienced cook, Sharif managed to make his business successful. Sharif uses the income from his business to improve his family's living conditions. He also dreams about educating his children in the institutes and universities.

Sharif is planning to make major repairs to his café so he can attract new clients and keep the old ones. For this purpose, he requests $2000 USD. Sharif thanks all lenders for their support and promises to be precise in his loan payments.

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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