A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase more foodstuff for his grocery store.


Muso's story

Muso is married and has 4 children. He lives in Kumsangir, Tajikistan, and sells groceries from his food store. His vending location is well known for good prices that are lower than market prices. Muso knows his customers’ preferences and always offers them only good quality groceries. He has been in the grocery trade for about 4 years. His business has been marked with consistent stability. Muso is hoping to invest a loan of $1000 USD in additional merchandise, which will help him increase his turnover capital eventually. Muso has a vision for the expansion of his trade, and we believe it will be helpful in his entrepreneurial endeavors. The loan will help Muso to persist, take small steps at a time, and achieve success. 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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