A loan of $1,050 helped purchasing goods for resale.


Norinisso's story

Norinisso A. is 52 years old. She is married and has two children. Norinisso has been running a grocery store for the past 10 years. She sells sweets, preserved food, juices, soft drinks and also detergents in her grocery. The inventory she has for sale is of very good quality and selection.

Norinisso is respectful and patient with all of her customers which attracts people and brings them back to her vending facility to buy groceries again. Norinisso is seeking to keep her business sustainable and has requested a loan of 4500 Somoni to increase the inventory she has for sale. We believe this current loan will enhance the potential of her business and help Norinisso reach all of her aspirations.


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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