A loan of $1,800 helped to purchase car spare parts for his business.

Sunnatullo's story

Sunnatullo is married with two children. He is a private entrepreneur who sells car spare parts. Sunnatullo is very disciplined. One of his strong characteristics is his ability to listen and persuade, which helps him in his work with customers. Sunnatullo has been in the market for 12 years. His main goal is to provide his family with a decent life and stable future. He has always tried to achieve financial and economic independence and make a career. Sunnatullo is hoping to see his business flourish and succeed. Sunnatullo believes this loan of 8,000 TJS will allow him to purchase spare car parts for his business and will be one of the steps towards his goal.

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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