A loan of $1,725 helped to buy more fuel in order to expand his business.

Zafar's story

Zafar B. is 29 years old. He has had a trying life but he keeps an optimistic outlook. He remains a strong and persevering person, intent on improving his family’s standard of living. Zafar sells petrol and diesel fuel. Over three years of selling fuel, he already has got enough experience to do his work successfully and has clients who always come to him.

Today Zafar is requesting a loan of 7,500 TJS that will be used for increasing his inventory and meet his clients' demands. The well-being of this family is in your hands. Help them by contributing to the growth of Zafar’s business, and they will sincerely thank you.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes a key post along the Silk Road and 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 communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language, epic mountain passes, and a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC. And, 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 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 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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