A loan of $2,500 helped to purchase seasonal fabrics for national dresses.

Ugul's story

A. Ugul is 45 years old, married, and the mother of two children. Ugul's lack of a stable job and the slow productivity of her husband's business as an ecologist left insufficient money to pay for the family's expenses. This was the reason that Ugul decided to start her own business nine years ago selling fabric for national dresses.
Little by little, she has grown her business. By offering her customers the opportunity to pay in installments, her orders are growing. Now her business is running normally, but she would like to continue bettering herself and her business so that her situation will be stable in the future. She is asking for a loan of $2,500 USD to buy seasonal fabrics for national dresses. The power to help her business grow is in your hands.

More about Tajikistan
Tajikistan, a key post on the Silk Road, is perhaps best known for its rich history. It was the location for the end of Alexander the Great's rule, and is known for its great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country, with its epic mountain passes, is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language and a civilization that dates back to the fourth millennium BC. Even today, it is a complex mix of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, New West culture and Central Asian traditions.
However, Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. The civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the USSR, damaged the already weak economy. In addition, 93 per cent of the country is mountainous and only 7 per cent of the land is arable. These conditions have resulted in high levels of unemployment and have forced hundreds of thousands of people 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.

More about IMON International
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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