A loan of $1,325 helped to purchase more clothing.

Mairam's story

H. Mairam is 57 years old. She lives with her spouse and works every day starting very early in the morning so that she can get ahead and achieve her goal of having her six children successfully finish University. Her business is located in the central market of Tursunzade and she sells clothes for women. Thanks to the support of her spouse and her own effort, she was able to expand her business, which began with little inventory and in a small space and now has a bigger space and a large clientele. With the loan of 6,000 Somoni, Mairam will buy a greater variety of clothing styles, for a variety of occasions, and a few specific requests of her customers. Support this woman of much strength and courage to keep working.

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 fourth 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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