A loan of $1,225 helped to purchase cattle.


Dilshod's story

Dilshod is a young married man who raises livestock to help his parents with their expenses and to save to build his own house in the future. This isn't an unpleasant occupation for him, actually it is quite the contrary. Dilshod carries out his duties with an enormous pleasure and with great affection towards the animals, taking care of them in the best way possible. Like every young person, he has dreams that he longs to see materialize. One of them is to add to his livestock herd so that, with time, he will be able to sell them in the market, especially on holidays. Dilshod is requesting a loan for this reason. He wishes to purchase cattle to add to his herd of animals and to increase his income by the year's end.

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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