A loan of $1,725 helped purchasing fabrics for embroidering the national skull-cap.

Saodat's story

Saodat R. is 47 years old. She is married and has a daughter. For more than 20 years, Saodat has had her own business. She embroiders the national skull-cap for men and women. Saodat produces various types of the national skull-cap, so she has many clients and usually there are many orders. Her daughter helps her with the business.

Saodat sells the skull-caps to her own customers, who are always in expectation of the new goods. Thus her business is stable, allowing Saodat to contribute significant income into the family budget.

Today, Saodat requests 7500 Somoni. The loan is required for purchasing the fabrics for embroidering the national skull-cap. Saodat thanks all supporting her and promises to pay the loan on time.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes a being 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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