A loan of $2,500 helped to buy more products to sell to her cusotmers.


Sarvarkhon's story

Sarvarkhon is a widow and mother who lives in the town of Isfara, where she operates a typical small business selling women's clothing in the local market. She's been in this field for 20 years and has gained much experience working with clients and handling business-related challenges. She is applying for a loan for 11,000 Somoni to buy additional merchandise to sell to her customers. She is hoping to buy it wholesale and make a good profit when she sells it retail. Sarvarkhon is an entrepreneur who is constantly developing and growing as she experiments and introduces new and trendy clothing. Her customers always leave her kiosk pleased with their purchases, and we are hoping to see her continue to thrive and succeed in her business endeavors. More about Tajikistan and IMON International Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes being the home of a key post along the Silk Road and the place where the rule of Alexander the Great ended. 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, Western culture and Central Asian traditions. But Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. A civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the U.S.S.R., further damaged the already weak economy. In addition, 93 percent of the country is mountainous and only seven percent 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 have viable business propositions. 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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