A loan of $3,000 helped to buy food.

Hayotjon's story

Hayotjon is a purposeful, responsible and kind man. He is married and is a loving father of one child. Hayotjon buys and sells food. When he goes out to buy the food his wife helps him with the business. Before that he had a small business and now it has grown. Right now he sells a wide variety of groceries such as vegetable oil, tea, spaghetti, candy, rice, four, sold and etc. He wants to expand his business and plans to use the profit to buy a vehicle for transporting the produce. Hayotjon is asking for a loan in the amount of $3,000USD to buy a new assortment of food and groceries with the purpose of growing his business. He is thanking all of you in advance for your support and encouragement.

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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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Elena Fedorchuk

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