A loan of $2,750 helped to purchase foodstuffs to increase the range of products.


Rafoatkhon's story

Rafoatkhon is married with two children. She runs a small business selling groceries at a local market. Rafoatkhon has been in this business for 10 years. She is very industrious and a hard worker. Her integrity, determination and perseverance have ensured the sustainability and growth of her business. Rafoatkhon has gradually been able to save some money and reinvest it in her business. Between these savings and loans from IMON International, she has been able to increase her inventory and sales volume. Rafoatkhon is requesting a loan for 12,000 Somoni that will allow her to increase her assortment of inventory. She is planning to buy food products wholesale for further retail sales. This loan will help Rafoatkhon increase her inventory and cater to an ever-increasing number of customers, further promoting stable expansion for her business. 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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