A loan of $2,275 helped to purchase seeds and mineral fertilizer.

Mamasuluv's story

Mamasuluv B. is a 49-year-old mother who lives with her husband and six children.

Mamasuluv and her husband make a living by planting and cultivating crops like onions, corn and grain in their field. They both work very hard. This couple is striving to work almost day and night in their field plowing, cultivating and fertilizing soil to grow more crops due to a great demand in the market.

They hope to use a loan to make more and better crops and in the end to earn more money.

In the future, they hope to save more money to buy more land so they can grow a wider range of crops for additional income. Mamasuluv hopes one day she will have enough money to send her children to a local school.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International:
Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes having been a key post along the Silk Road and having witnessed 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 epic mountain passes, a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC, and communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language. 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 lives 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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