Shiraz S. is a 42 year old man who sells sweets, candies, tea and some home products in his small store which he rents. Shiraz has two years of experience in this field. His dream is to build his own store in the future. Now he enjoys his business and is trying his best to grow it and provide the best future for his three children. Shiraz applied for a US $1200 loan to purchase more goods for his store.
Aqroinvest Credit Union was founded by a group of 32 Imishli farmers in 2001, and has grown to become one of the largest credit unions in Azerbaijan. It boasts a portfolio of nearly $5 million and is wholly owned by its more than 3,500 borrowers, as of December 2011.