A loan of $1,000 helped repair and maintenance of his taxi.


Mehman's story

Mehman M. offers transportation services in Kurgantyube in southern Tajikistan. He has a lovely wife and three adorable children. Mehman has been working in this sphere of trade for five years. Today Mehman’s daily income is about $15. He would like to receive a loan of $1,000 to cover some maintenance costs and to repair the running gears of his vehicle. He is always trying to find ways to reduce costs and increase his profits. One of Mehman’s main goals is to provide for his family of five. We believe Mehman’s focused approach as a businessman will secure prompt repayment of the loan to all Kiva lenders. 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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