A loan of $2,500 helped to purchase dried fruits to increase the variety of items he sells.


Abdurafi's story

Abdurafi is 41 years old. He is married with 4 children. Abdurafi sells dried fruits in the central local market. He has been in this business for 10 years. The dried fruits are very popular in Tajikistan. Any hostess has dried fruits in store for serving in case there are guests in the house. Moreover, dried fruits are, as a rule, served during all family occasions like wedding parties, birthday parties and others. Considering the constant demand for this kind of item, Abdurafi's business is quite successful and brings a stable income for the family.

Today Abdurafi requests a loan of 2,500 USD for purchasing dried fruits with the purpose of increasing the variety of goods he sells. Abdurafi has already demonstrated himself as a good client with a positive credit history. Now he would like to thank all for their support and to promise to pay the loan in time.

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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