A loan of $1,100 helped purchasing flour for baking the national bread, “lepeshka”.

Hikoyatullo's story

Hikoyatullo Y. is 29 years old. He is married and has the business of baking “lepeshka,” the national bread. Hikoyatullo is the main breadwinner in the family. He believes that this business is profitable and is not subject to seasonality. He gets up early and bakes the lepeshka and bread so that people have fresh bread on their tables for breakfast.

All the input materials like the flour, salt and yeast, he purchases in the local market. Now due to high demand, Hikoyatullo wants to increase the number of breads he can make, so he requests 4700 Somoni. The loan will be spent on flour and on coal for baking the “lepeshka.”

Hikoyatullo deeply appreciates the trust and support you are giving him.

More about Tajikistan

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes being a key post along the Silk Road, and for 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.

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