A loan of $2,000 helped to purchase new wedding dresses.


Mavjuda's story

A. Mavjuda is 38 years old. She is a widow with three children. For more than six years, Mavjuda has run her own business. She has a small shop where she sells and rents traditional wedding dresses and national wedding dresses. Traditionally families in Tajikistan are large; consequently, there are lots of marriages and Mavjuda has a lot of clients. The stability of her business allows her to make a considerable contribution to her family’s income. Today Mavjuda requests $2000 which she is going to use to purchase more new wedding dresses. Mavjuda has earned a reputation for taking responsibility for her financial obligations and for keeping her word. We are happy to have another opportunity to assist her with the operation of her business.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International:
Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its rich history which includes its place as a key post along the Silk Road and events at the end of Alexander the Great's rule. It has produced famous thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets, including Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. 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. 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. A civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the U.S.S.R., further damaged an 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 productivity and the 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 viable business prospects. 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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