Asif A. is a 22-year-old man who breeds poultry in the small village of Imishli. He has four years of experience in this business. He works in the local factory. When he was starting his poultry breeding it was an additional source of income but over the years it became his principal income. Asif sells geese to the local restaurant owners and sometimes to the local people. Asif lives with his parents and tries his best to work and save money for his future wedding. Asif requested 1600 AZN in case to build a place to keep his poultry safe and warm and to buy more geese.
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.