A loan of $2,175 helped to purchase clothing.

Mashhura's story

Mashhura M. is married and has 4 children. Together with her husband, she sells women's clothing in the central market. Mashhura has been in this business for 10 years. Mashhura's business is constantly growing. Two of the advantages she has in the competitive market are affordable prices and regular additions to her inventory. Her little vending kiosks are very popular in the marketplace where she works. Mashhura realizes that lending services are very helpful to her business, as loans allow her to increase her turnover capital and expand her business. She would like to make it easier for women to find comfortable and good quality clothing, which is why she is requesting a loan of 9,500 Somoni. One of Mashhura's further plans is to continue expanding her trade and eventually generate enough profit to finish remodeling her house and improve her family's living standards.

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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