A loan of $2,500 helped to purchase young cattle.

Rasul's story

K. Rasul is 48 years old, married and has two children. He is the sole breadwinner for his family, and his only income comes from raising and selling large livestock at the local market. Every year, he buys young heifers from farms in adjacent villages. He raises them with the help of his wife and then sells the adult cows and bulls to local butchers.

Today Rasul is thinking about expanding his business, since the income from his present herd isn't enough to provide for his family. To do this, he needs $2500 USD to purchase additional young cattle. Rasul has applied for a loan from Kiva's partner organization, IMON International.

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 International:

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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