A loan of $1,275 helped to purchase young cattle.

Abdulaziz's story

Abdulaziz S. lives in Istaravshan, a city in Northern Tajikistan. He is 31 years old and married with four children.

Abdulaziz is the sole provider for his family and earns a living from his farming and animal husbandry business. Every 2-3 months he purchases young animals from local villagers and raises them over a 5-6 month period, later selling the adult cows and sheep to local butchers.

Abdulaziz is currently thinking about expanding his business, as his current earnings are not enough to provide for his family. He plans to purchase more young cattle. For this reason he is requesting a loan of 5500 Somoni.

Extend your solidarity to Abdulaziz so that he can move forward successfully and accomplish his goals.

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. 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 USSR, 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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