A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase an increased range of foodstuffs.

Mubina's story

Mubina F. is a 35-year-old married mother of three children. Mubina is a teacher, but as her salary is small, she has also run her own grocery business for the last six years. Mubina wishes to increase her business and offer an increased range of foodstuffs to her customers. Her aim is to provide the best possible example and way of life for her beloved children, who are the reason for her daily efforts and the apple of her eye. With this opportunity and her desire to succeed, she is appealing to your generosity and requesting a loan of $1000 USD. She promises to repay the loan within 12 months. By supporting Mubina you can be an important link in the growth of this business.

More about Tajikistan
Tajikistan, a key post on the Silk Road, is perhaps best known for its rich history. It was the location for the end of Alexander the Great's rule, and is known for its great thinkers, philosophers, scientists and poets such as Rudaki, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Firdousi, Omar Haiyam, Jomi, Mavlavi Rumi and many others. The country, with its epic mountain passes, is home to communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language and a civilization that dates back to the fourth millennium BC. Even today, it is a complex mix of the Islamic faith, Soviet culture, New West culture and Central Asian traditions.

However, Tajikistan is also the poorest of the former Soviet republics. The civil war, which ignited soon after its independence from the USSR, damaged the already weak economy. In addition, 93 per cent of the country is mountainous and only 7 per cent of the land is arable. These conditions have resulted in high levels of unemployment and have forced hundreds of thousands of people 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.

More about IMON Interational
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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