A loan of $2,500 helped purchasing seed and mineral fertilizer.

Mazbut's story

R. Mazbut is 36 years old and married with 4 children. He has been a farmer for the last 10 years; farming is his passion. He practices both dairy farming and mixed crop farming. Mazbut says he has chosen farming as a career because his farm produce has a ready market. His challenge at the moment is that he is not fully utilizing all his land because he used up all his proceeds from the last harvest to pay his children's school fees and was not able to buy enough seeds and fertilizers. Mazbut is requesting a loan of $2500 USD to be able to plough the whole farm for the next planting season and to buy fertilizer and seeds.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes being a key post along the Silk Road at 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.

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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