A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase flour wholesale for baking the national bread “lepeshka”.

Rukhsora's story

Rukhsora K. is a widow and the mother of 3 children. She sells the national bread “lepeshka” in the local marketplace of Kurgantyube, where she lives with her family of three. She started working in the market as a salesperson. Rukhsora has been in this sphere of trade for 11 years. Currently, she is planning to start her own bakery business with the help of her adult children. That is the reason that she asked for a loan of $1,500 USD. Rukhsora has gained much experience working in the sphere of commerce as a salesperson at first. Today she is happy to be self-employed and see her small enterprise grow and become more and more stable.

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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