A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase more cattle and fodder to expand the business.


Gulnora's story

Gulnora is a devoted mother who struggles day after day to provide the best for her family. Five years ago she got the idea to start raising cattle in order to contribute to the family finances. She took advantage of the space she had available on her family’s land to start this business, which she runs together with her husband. Slowly her number of cows has increased, and her clients have started asking for more and more. With an endless list of requests, she has finally decided to increase the number of livestock she keeps, and for this reason she is requesting a loan. Gulnora invites you to be an important part of the growth of her business.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history. It was the site of 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. Even today, it is a complex mixture of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, Western culture and Central Asian traditions. But Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. The civil war, which ignited soon after it gained 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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