A loan of $1,275 helped purchasing new fabrics to expand store inventory.


Mashhura's story

M. Mashhura is 42 years old. She is married and the loving mother of 4 children. She is a hard-working woman struggling to feed her children by selling the national fabrics for the national dresses. Mashhura, together with her daughter (pictured), has the trading place in the central local market of Kanibadam town.

She is trying to have a wide range of goods to meet the requirements of her customers and to satisfy the needs of the clients with different levels of income. Mashhura, being a devoted mother, is doing her best to give her children a good education and to make them happy. Today Mashhura feels that with more working capital her business could generate more income, so she is asking for a loan of 5500 Tajikistani Somoni to jumpstart the business and raise the family's 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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