A loan of $1,875 helped to purchase the meat and coal required for cooking shish kebab in his café.

Shavkat's story

Shavkat, age 36, owns and operates a café where he prepares and sells shish kebab. His café is located at the market and he has been in this business for six years. On average, he services 20 to 25 clients a day. Shavkat tries to use only the best inputs in his café. He believes that this is why the business is stable and brings in considerable income for the family. He and his wife have two children.

Shavkat is planning to expand his business, thereby to earn more money to support his household. With this purpose in mind, he is requesting 8,500 Somoni. He is planning to purchase the meat and coal required for cooking shish kebab in his café. This amount will help him accomplish his goals on an accelerated schedule.

Shavkat thanks everyone who is supporting him.

More about Tajikistan:

Tajikistan is known for its rich history. It was a key post along the Silk Road and served as the location for 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 epic mountain passes, communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language, and a civilization that dates back to the fourth millennium BC. 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 percent of the country is mountainous, leaving only 7 percent of arable land. 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.

More about IMON International:

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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