A loan of $700 helped purchase rice to increase the range of goods for selling.


Dilshod's story

Dilshod H. is a hard working and determined man. From the time he was very young, he was characterized as an excellent student. He finished his studies, but with the difficult economic situation in the country, he could not find work at any company.

Dilshod decided to invest his small savings, to start his own business selling rice at the market. Now it is the sole source of income for his family, including his wife and four children.

Due to the high demand for his products, because of their excellent quality, size and flavor, Dilshod has decided to apply for a loan of $ 700 to buy more goods for selling. This will allow him to earn more and improve his living.

------------------------------- 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 agricultural production and the 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 its lenders to ensure that poor and low income clients have 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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