A loan of $800 helped purchasing office supplies for selling.

Makhfirat's story

M. Makhfirat is a hard-working woman. She is married with three children, two of whom are married and have their own family. For the past 10 years, Makhfirat has dedicated herself to selling office supplies. She started her business after her husband's contract with the construction company he was employed with terminated. She then decided to generate her own income to try to fill the gap. She enjoys her business and has developed a stable enterprise. Makhfirat has requested a loan of $ 800 USD to purchase new supply of items to sell. She commits to paying her loan back within 12 months. This loan is important for her family's well-being as it will help Makhfirat’s business grow. She truly appreciates your generosity.

Tajikistan is perhaps best known for its rich history and diverse culture, which is a mix of the Islamic faith, Soviet influence, and Central Asian traditions. It served as a key post along the Silk Road and marked the end of Alexander the Great's extensive rule. It was the birthplace of the great Persian poet Rudaki and famous Islamic philosopher Ibn Sina. And it is home to epic mountain passes, communities that still speak the ancient Sogdian language, and a civilization that dates back to the 4th millennium BC.

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.

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