A loan of $675 helped purchase seeds, fertilizer, fuels and lubricants.


Rashid's story

Rashid is 25 years old, and he lives in his parent's house with his wife. Rashid is a farmer, and since his marriage he has demonstrated that, in spite of his youth, he can support his family with hard work and dedication. Because of this, he is always in the fields, growing potatoes, onions and carrots. Rashid leaves early in the morning to water the fields, and then fertilizes and fumigates the crops. This work is satisfying, and it enables Rashid to purchase goods for his home.

However the most trying feature of this work is dealing with the changes in climate, which can damage the crops. Because of this, farmers like Rashid must buy products that help protect the crops from shifts in the weather. Rashid is motivated by his desire to offer his family a better quality of life. He would like to invest in the purchase of supplies to protect his crops, so as to have a better harvest and sell his crops outside of his hometown.

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, 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. 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 that ignited soon after its independence from the U.S.S.R. further damaged its already weak economy. 93% of the country is mountainous and only 7% of the land is arable--conditions that have resulted in high levels of unemployment and 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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