A loan of $800 helped purchasing spare parts in order to repair his micro-bus.

Makhsutali's story

Makhsutali is a 50-year-old man, married with four children, who dedicates his time to driving a taxi and a micro-bus. He currently relies on the micro-bus for his public transport business, which he drives personally. Makhsutali has about 15 years of experience in the public transportation field, and the competition is rather high in this business since there are so many people who need it. His current loan request is so that he can maintain his vehicle, since this is the tool of his trade. So now Makhsutali is counting on your help and requesting a loan of 800 USD for a term of 11 months. With the loan he’ll purchase spare parts for his micro-bus. With your support, Makhsutali will continue to progress.

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 with it’s famous great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets 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% 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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