A loan of $2,125 helped to purchase flour in volume for baking the national bread “lepeshka.”.

Sadi's story

Sadi is 22 years old. He is an experienced bread baker. He has been doing this business for more than four years. Sadi bakes the national bread, “lepeshka,” at home. His wife helps him with his business.

Having many customers, Sadi sells the majority of his products just from his place. However, he also runs a trading place in the central local market for selling the "lepeshka.”

Now, Sadi requests 9,800 TJS. He is planning to purchase flour wholesale as required for his business. Sadi is grateful for all supporting him and promises to manage the loan with accuracy.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International:
Tajikistan is known for its rich history, which includes having been a key post along the Silk Road and having witnessed 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, a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC, and communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language. 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 lives 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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