A loan of $1,725 helped to purchase necessary materials for his manufacturing needs.

Islomjon's story

Islomjon K. is married with six children. He lives in Isfara in Tajikistan.

Islomjon has been in a manufacturing business for 33 years. He takes an individual approach to each client, helping with color, shape and configuration. Little competition and good quality work have resulted in good profits for Islomjon and much positive feedback from his clients.

Islomjon is requesting a loan of 7500 TJS. The loan will allow him to purchase necessary materials, provide his customers with trendy and modern products, and increase the assortment of inventory he offers to his clients. Islomjon takes his loan liabilities very seriously.

About Tajikistan:

Tajikistan is known for its rich place in history, which includes a key post along the Silk Road and the farthest reach 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. 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 its 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 their agricultural production and manufacturing sector, nearly two-thirds of the population still live in abject poverty.

About IMON:

Since December 2007, IMON International has worked closely with Kiva and Kiva lenders to ensure that poor and low-income clients have access to reasonable financial services. 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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