A loan of $1,500 helped to purchasing cottonseed oil in order to increase the range of goods for sale.

Muminiso's story

Muminiso B. is 39 years old. She is married and the loving mother of three children. Muminiso is the market vendor. For the last 14 years she has been selling cottonseed oil in the local market. Her daughter helps Muminiso with the business. In the traditional Tajik cuisine the majority of the meals are fried or cooked using cottonseed oil. Especially our national dish “Oshi palov” needs a lot of cottonseed oil in order to be delicious. So the goods that Muminiso is selling are of popular demand among the population. Today Muminiso is planning to increase her business. For this reason she requests 6500 Somoni. The loan will be used to purchase cottonseed oil in order to increase the range of goods for sale. Muminiso is counting on your help and thanks you for your support.

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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