A loan of $2,800 helped to purchase fabrics for embroidering traditional national skull-caps.

Manzura's story

Manzura is 43 years old. She is married and has 3 children. Manzura has run her own business for more than 8 years. She embroiders traditional national skull-caps for men and women. Manzura produces skull-caps of various types. She has many clients and usually has many orders. Because Manzura's customers are always expecting new goods, her business is stable, allowing Manzura to contribute significant income into the family budget. Today Manzura requests 13,000 Somoni to purchase fabrics needed for embroidering national skull-caps. Manzura thanks all those supporting her and promises 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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