A loan of $1,150 helped purchasing a new sewing machine.


Shoira's story

R. Shoira is 38 years old. She is married with two children. Shoira has a tailoring business at her home. Her business is sewing clothing for women and children. Her workmanship is very good and she has a good eye for design. She is very organized and has a good head for business. She has had this business for 8 years and this is her second loan from IMON International. With her loan, she is planning to purchase a new sewing machine. She promises to repay the loan in 12 months. Help this family improve the quality of their life by contributing to the growth of Shoira’s business. They will sincerely thank you for it.


More about Tajikistan and IMON International:

Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its rich history, which includes being a key post along the Silk Road; the end of Alexander the Great's rule; and its famous great thinkers, philosophers, scientists, and poets (including 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% 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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