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A Match Made In A Tajik Matchmaking Agency

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Shuhrat Ayomov gave Tajiks something to talk about when he set out to revive a bankrupt matchmaking agency.

As the young entrepreneur would learn well, locals in the northern city of Khujand were no stranger to arranged marriages. Having anyone other than family doing the arranging, however, was difficult to fathom.

Six months later, however, Ayomov's labor for love has paid off, and the Yusuf & Zulaikha matchmaking agency, billed as the first such service in Tajikistan, is thriving.

"We have received more than 200 applications from men and women looking for a potential spouse, and the number is growing as more people are hearing about our service," Ayomov says. "So far, eight people we introduced to each other have gotten married."

Electrical technician Firdavs and nursery-school teacher Nigora -- who declined to give their full names -- were married just weeks after the agency arranged their first date.

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Written and reported by Farangis Najibullah, with additional reporting by RFE/RL Tajik Service correspondent Masum Muhammad-Rajab in Khujand

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A Match Made In A Tajik Matchmaking Agency

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