A loan of $2,025 helped to purchase dried fruits and fertilizer.

Narzullo's story

M. Narzullo lives in Isfara, Tajikistan. He is married and a father of three children. He is engaged in cultivation and the production of brooms. He imports his brooms from the Kyrgyz Republic and sells them in a local market. Narzullo has been in this business for over 16 years. His wife and daughter-in-law help him. Narzullo has leased land and he also engages in selling dried fruits and animal husbandry. Narzullo has a car UVAZ, which he uses to transport his goods. He would like to request a loan of 9,000 TJS to purchase dried fruits and fertilizer.

More about Tajikistan

Tajikistan, a key post on the Silk Road, is perhaps best known for its rich history. It was the location for the end of Alexander the Great's rule, and is known for its great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country, with its epic mountain passes, is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language and a civilization that dates back to the fourth millennium BC. Even today, it is a complex mix of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, New West culture and Central Asian traditions.

However, Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. The civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the USSR, damaged the already weak economy. In addition, 93 per cent of the country is mountainous and only 7 per cent of the land is arable. These conditions have resulted in high levels of unemployment and have forced hundreds of thousands of people 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.

More about IMON International

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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