A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase clothing to sell.


Manzura's story

M. Manzura is 29 years old and she is a very good entrepreneur. She is married and the loving mother of two children. Her husband has no fixed job and this is the reason that two years ago she decided to start her own business. Manzura started with very little merchandise, but little by little her business grew and she started to sell clothes with excellent results. She is very clear about the secret of success in a business. She knows it is the variety of products that she offers because if a client is looking for something that she does not have, he or she may never return to her. For this reason, she tries to be fully stocked. Manzura is requesting a loan of $1,000 USD to purchase merchandise and new clothes for the season. 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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