Vahid A. is from Saatli. He is married and has three children. He began his business in 1990 when he borrowed money from his friend to purchase a cow and a calf. He wants to increase production and has applied for an $800 loan to purchase one more cow.
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.