A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fruit and fabric.

Saodat's story

Saodat H. is married and has three children. She lives in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She trades in a small market near the station. She sells fruit, vegetables and salads. Her husband and daughter help her in this business she has had for 15 years. Her husband has his own car and helps her with transporting goods. Besides this business, Saodat is engaged in sewing national dresses. Her daughter takes orders at home. Saodat plans to use part of the loan to purchase fruit and to use the remainder to purchase fabric, because in the spring there is a demand for national dresses. For this reason Saodat has requested a loan of 1500 USD.

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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