A loan of $1,500 helped to purchasing flour to bake the national bread “lepeshka”.

Safarboy's story

Safarboy is an entrepreneurial man who lives with his wife and three children who all help him in the business of the production and sale of traditional bread, called “lepeshka”. He began his business in order to help with the household expenses, while also covering the costs of education for his children and their basic upkeep.

Safarboy began his business 4 years ago by selling from both his house and the market, and he already has an almost fixed clientele. At the same time, he provides taxi services during his free time. Safarboy is asking for a loan of $1500 to buy flour, coal for baking lepeshka, and spare parts to repair his car. Safarboy and his family thank you very much for the help which you give him in being able to follow through in creating his business and being able to continue with it in the future.

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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