Alladin A. is a 30 year old businessman who sells home improvement accessories such as paints, wallpaper and so on. He started this business two years ago. He is married and has two sons. The products he sells are in high demand among the locals and Alladin is a polite man, which makes his business very successful. Now Alladin would like to expand his business and, for this purpose, he has applied for a $3000 US loan. He will use the loan to increase his stock.
Aqroinvest Credit Union was founded in 2001 by a group of 32 farmers from Imishli. It has since grown to become the largest credit union in Azerbaijan, owned by its more than 5,400 borrowers and boasting a portfolio of nearly US$12 million.
AqroInvest is focused on providing loans to the following groups of people: rural farmers, people living in distant southern villages with little or no access to finance and internally displaced people and refugees, many of whom lost their homes and livelihoods during the violent conflicts in the 1990s.
In May 2011, Aqroinvest started a new project with Kiva proving higher education loans to students. The project gives students the support and financing they need to continue their education and helps pay for tuition fees at various universities in Azerbaijan. Aqroinvest is the first credit union in the country to offer students loans.