A loan of $825 helped to expand and improve his business by purchasing additional dried apricots.

Suhrobjon's story

Suhrobjon A. is a married man with four children. With the desire to generate enough money to send his children to college (so that his children can get ahead in life), he started a business 8 years ago whereby he processes and sells dried apricots. As such, he is very experienced in this line of business, which allows him to attract more and more clients each day. Now, Suhrobjon is seeking a loan in the amount of $825 over a 9-month term. He plans to use the loan proceeds to purchase additional dried apricots, which will be processed and sold in turn. With your help, Suhrobjon will be extremely proud, knowing that (through much effort) his children will be able to attend college and to succeed in life.

Information about Tajikistan:
Tajikistan is well known for the following: (1) its rich history, which includes a key post along the Silk Road; (2) the end of Alexander the Great's rule; and (3) its famous great thinkers, philosophers, scientists, and poets such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, and Mavlavi Rumi, to name a few. 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. On the other end of the spectrum, 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 thus only 7% of the land is arable; accordingly, this confluence of factors has resulted in high levels of unemployment and has forced hundreds of thousands to seek work in other countries (primarily Russia). Even though the people of Tajikistan are working hard to improve the country's agriculture and manufacturing sectors, nearly two-thirds of the population still live in abject poverty.

IMON International'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 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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