A loan of $2,000 helped to purchase seed, mineral fertilizer and cattle.

Gafur's story

S. Gafur grows different kinds of vegetables and raises cattle. He is 55 years old and has 5 children. Before this, he worked as a driver. Gafur was not happy with his previous job because he received little compensation for his work. So he went back to his village and decided to manage his small farm. In the year 1997 Gafur started managing his farming and cattle raising business. He uses his harvest to buy the things his family needs and to help send his children to school. Gafur is asking for a loan of $2000 USD. He will use the loan to buy seeds, fertilizer and cattle. The loan will help him increase his yield and improve his standard of living.

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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