A loan of $1,725 helped purchasing seeds, fertilizer, fuels and lubricants.

Ozodjon's story

Ozodjon is 26 years old and lives with his wife and their two children. He has been very familiar with agriculture since he was young. Thanks to his parents he knows how to work the land. Now he supports himself entirely from potato and wheat production. He works all day weeding, irrigating, and fertilizing his fields so that his production will be good. He has always liked weeding his fields because it is important and is lighter work than many of his tasks.

Ozodjon wants to improve his family's quality of life; that wish provides the motivation for his arduous work. He will invest the loan in the purchase of seeds, fertilizer, fuels and lubricants, with the aim of having the best production in his community in a few months.

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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