A loan of $1,700 helped buy seeds, fertilizer, fuel and lubricants and pay for the labor of tractor operators and other manpower.


Azamat's story

Azamat is a very good and decent man. He is married and the loving father of 3 children. He has cultivated crops for more than 11 years and has extensive experience in this line of work. He mainly grows watermelon and melon and then sells them for a profit. His wife and children help him prepare the land and plant seeds. Azamat is requesting a loan of 8000 somoni to purchase seeds, fertilizer, fuel and lubricants, and to pay for tractor drivers work and other manpower. He wishes to thank you in advance for your help 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 Amanda Ross



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