A loan helped purchasing seed and mineral fertilizer.

Parmonkul's story

Parmonkul C. is 55 years old. He is married with two children. Parmonkul works in agriculture and has always been efficient in his labors. The role of being a father for 27 years has helped him to understand the sacrifice and hard labor of the women of the house. He grows potatoes, onions, carrots, and other kinds of vegetables in his garden. Parmonkul dreams of making it possible for all of his children to be well educated and to ensure them with bright futures. That’s why he works from early morning till late at night. He wants to borrow a loan of 2500 Somoni (US $725) for the term of 9 months so he can buy mineral fertilizer, fuels, and lubricants. This request is in support of making his dream come true, and Parmonkul is asking for help from your generous heart.

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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