A loan of $3,000 helped purchasing detergents for increasing the range of goods for selling.


Saimumin's story

Saimumin S. is 31 years old. He is married and has two children. He is a small-business entrepreneur who sells different kinds of detergents, like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream and washing powder, and many other foodstuffs in his store. Saimumin is not alone in this business. His wife actively helps him with sales.

Today, Saimumin is requesting a loan of $3,000 to increase his stock. He is ready to work even harder, make sacrifices and push every once in a while to achieve his goal and become a successful entrepreneur. Saimumin’s main goal is to educate his beloved child so that someday he’ll become a successful entrepreneur. We believe his perseverance and clear vision will become key success factors in his small business.

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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