A loan of $3,000 helped to buy seeds, mineral fertilizer and young cattle.


Saijalol's story

H. Saijalol is a very happy and sociable 56-year-old man. He says he is a happily married man with a hard-working woman who has supported him in achieving all of his dreams. They have ten children and they would have liked to have more. Saijalol’s family is one that loves working in agriculture. The whole family works together to harvest different vegetables. It has been six years since Saijalol began working the land he loves so much. His wife sells the products in the local market. Saijalol also earns some extra income by breeding cattle.

Saijalol is requesting a loan to acquire agricultural supplies that are necessary to maintain the crops. With part of the loan he will also buy young cattle. His dream is that his children inherit the love to work the land that he and his wife acquired with great effort, and that some day their children will inherit.

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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