A loan of $2,975 helped to buy more fabrics to sell to her customers.

Mahbuba's story

V. Mahbuba is 51 years old, married and has eight children. Her husband is a teacher, and the couple is committed to ensuring that its children have everything they need. For the last 16 years, Mahbuba has made a living selling fabrics used in the making of her country's national dresses, which are an important item in the dowry of any young woman. She is known for providing outstanding service and selling well-made, carefully-chosen merchandise at good prices. She buys her fabrics in the neighboring city Khujand, where she regularly searches for items that meet her customers' needs. She is applying for a loan to expand her business because her children are growing up and her expenses are rising. She plans to use this loan for TJS 13,000 to buy more items to sell, and thanks Kiva lenders for their generous support. She promises to repay the loan on time.

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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