Sitora, 29, is an amiable and sociable young woman. She lives with her husband and children in the city of Nurek. Sitora has been doing something she loves – providing sewing services – for 5 years. After high school, she took sewing classes from a professional seamstress. Now Sitora is a professional craftswoman herself. Her dresses make her clients happy that’s why she keeps getting more orders. However, she needs good fabrics to further develop her sewing business. Sitora has decided to apply for a loan to buy more fabrics. This loan will help her grow her sewing business.
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MDO Humo and Partners is a microfinance institution in Tajikistan that aims to support vulnerable and underserved populations living in rural areas through financial and consulting services for small businesses. Kiva loans are used by groups and individual borrowers to start and grow businesses and build brighter futures for themselves, their families and their communities. This is especially important in Tajikistan, the poorest country in Central Asia, where more than two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line.