A loan of $925 helped to buy spare parts to fix his taxi.

Salimjon's story

H. Salimjon is 53 and married with one child. He is a very hard-working man who has experienced a great deal throughout his life. For the past three years, he has dedicated himself to providing taxi services. Salimjon is not regretful and is instead very proud of being a taxi driver. It is work where he can be free and make good friends as he is very charismatic. He always has a smile at the ready, and manages to bring out the same from those who ride in his taxi. Happily for Salimjon, business is good. Currently his car needs thorough repair so he wants to borrow 4000 Somoni with which to buy the spare parts needed. He sincerely thanks Kiva and all lenders that make this help possible.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes being 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. 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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