A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase tools and spare parts for car repair.

Ibrohimjon's story

I. Ibrohimjon is 22 years old. He lacked the ability to pay university fees, so Ibrohimjon was only able to finish school. After finishing school, he learned various skills, including car repair. Initially, he worked as an assistant and in time he became experienced at repairing cars. Thanks to his abilities, he was able to build his own workshop near his house where he provides his services. Now he is feeling the effects of a lack of tools and spare parts for car repair, and for that reason he is requesting a loan of $1,500 USD. Ibrohimjon is very grateful to everyone who is helping him achieve his dreams with this loan.

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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