A loan of $3,000 helped increase the inventory of fruits and vegetables.

Akram's story

Fruit and vegetable sales are a flourishing business because every home needs fruit and vegetables. Akram has been selling fruits and vegetables in Dushanbe for the past 12 years. He began his own stall with his hard earned savings as he always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Akram began selling in Dushanbe market with very little stock to offer his clients. Slowly he began to increase the goods offered until he managed to get a permanent market stall. Currently his stall is his pride and joy with a zinc roof and ceramic tiles on the floor. Now Akram needs a loan of $3000 USD in order to increase his inventory. He promises to repay the loan without any violation and expresses his gratitude to everyone supporting him.

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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