Yasamen S. is a 43-year-old hardworking mother of four children. She sells poultry in the small village of Agsu and has 12 years of experience in this field. Having been in this business for quite a long time, Yasamen has lots of customers, mainly restaurants owners who buy turkey and geese from her. She gets up at 5 a.m. and works hard, looking after the poultry, until late at night. This is why she is in high demand among her clientele.
Now she is requesting a loan of 1280 AZN to purchase more poultry in order to increase her profit and save money for her children's education.
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.