A loan of $1,575 helped to buy new clothes and fertilizers for farming..


Azima's story

M. Azima is a hard-working woman. She is married and has four children. Her husband is a farmer and has his own land where he cultivates vegetables. Azima has been in the clothing business for over 13 years. She sells her goods in a department store called «Zebo» and she has regular clients. Most of them are teenagers, brides, and recent graduates. She sells fashionable clothes and shoes and all her customers pleased with her assortments of goods. Her daughter Mahina helps her with the business.

Azima would like to get a loan to purchase new, more fashionable goods and also fertilizers for her family’s farming business in order to better her family’s living conditions.

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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