A loan of $1,725 helped purchasing tools and materials used to repair cars.

Mirahror's story

Mirahror A. is 44 years old. He is married with three children. Five years ago, Mirahror, with his mechanic skills, started to do work for his neighbors and acquaintances. He learned this skill at another shop, until he had the opportunity to begin his own business.

With faith and enthusiasm, his auto-mechanic business started to grow little by little. Villagers who use machines for their business always come to have their machines repaired by him. Now, Mirahror is finding that the tools he has are not enough to work at his job with full speed. For this reason, he is seeking a loan of 7,500 Somoni. This loan will be use to buy tools and materials used to repair autos. With your help, Mirahror will be able to provide for his children's education and for the well-being of his family.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

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