A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more fabrics.

Onakhon's story

D. Onakhon is 56 years old, married and has a son. Years ago, Onakhon's lack of a stable job and the slow growth of her husband's construction business mean that the family did not have enough money to pay its expenses. This was why Onakhon decided to start her own business seven years ago selling fabrics used to make her nation's favorite style of dresses. Little by little, she has made her business grow, and because she allows her clients to pay in installments her orders are getting bigger and her business is doing well. However, she would like to continue to improve her life (and grow her business) so that her life will be more stable in the future. She is asking for a loan of $1,000 that she will pay back in six months. With this money, Onakhon will be able to buy seasonal fabrics. Please help her business grow.

More about Tajikistan and IMON International

Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its rich history, which includes a key post along the Silk Road; the end of Alexander the Great's rule; and its famous great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. 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 percent of the country is mountainous and only 7 percent 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 have 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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