A loan of $1,600 helped to expand his inventory.

Khushnud's story

S. Khushnud is 36 years old. He is married and has one child.

For almost ten years Khushnud has been working as a market vendor. He sells oriental style plates and dishes which are popular and in demand among the population. This kind of china is widely used for the dowry of girls and also for family celebrations.

The love for his child is the biggest reason for Khushnud to make an effort to provide what his family needs. Khushnud is planning to enlarge the range of his goods and is requesting 7,000 Somoni to do so. The well being of Khushnud’s family and his business are in your hands. Khushnud and his children are sincerely grateful for your support.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International:

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes 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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