A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fabric with which to make dresses.

Moinposho's story

G. Moinposho is 41 years old and has three children. She is an experienced businesswoman and a well-known seamstress in her community, where she has provided tailoring services for more than 15 years. She is pleased to have a well-established clientele, which consists mostly of parents of school-age children, but also adds new clients regularly. Moinposho has been an active and strongly-motivated client of IMON since 2006, and her credit history makes her eligible to receive new and larger loans. With his in mind, she has applied for a loan of 6,500 Somoni to buy new fabric with which she will sew dresses. Moinposho and her family wish to express their gratitude for your generosity and support.

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. A civil war, which ignited soon after 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 have 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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