A loan of $2,750 helped purchasing plates and dishes in oriental style.

Idibek's story

S. Idibek is 28 years old. He is married and has two children. For almost 10 years, Idibek has been working as a market vendor. He sells plates and dishes of the oriental style. This kind of the goods is in popular demand among the population. This kind of china is widely used for girls' dowries and also for family celebrations.

His love for his children is the biggest reason for Idibek to make an effort to provide what they need. Now Idibek is planning to enlarge the range of goods and to purchase more china to expand his inventory. With this purpose in mind, he requests 12,000 Somoni. The well-being of Idibek’s family and his business are in your hands. Idibek and his family are sincerely grateful for your support.

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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