A loan of $1,775 helped to purchase cattle.

Dilorom's story

Dilorom is married and a loving mother of five children. She lives in Kurgantube, Tajikistan with her husband, children and mother-in-law. Dilorom works hard, because she wants to improve her life. She is engaged in animal husbandry. Her husband sells car spare parts at the market and he helps his wife in his free time.

Mostly, Dilorom buys a cow with a newborn calf. Then, once the cow stops giving out milk, she sells the cow and keeps the calf. She sells milk to private entrepreneurs, who produce dairy products. Dilorom would like to get a loan of 7,900 Somoni to purchase young cattle. She is hoping to further develop her business with this additional assistance.

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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