A loan of $3,000 helped to increase his inventory.

Akmal's story

A. Akmal is 25 years old and has been selling men’s clothing for five years. He 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 location and establish himself in the market.

Akmal is a very enterprising person 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.

Akmal needs a loan of 3,000 USD, 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 his business. Today is your opportunity to help, have no doubt.

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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