Parvaz Q. is 43 years old and a beekeeper who runs his business in the small village of Agsu. He has about 20 years of experience in selling honey. In the same time Parvaz cultivates pomegranates and sell them during the harvest period which comes in autumn and winter.
Parvaz sells honey all year long and because of its excellent quality, his honey sells in a few days. Parvaz is married and has 3 sons. He believes one day one of them can continue the beekeeping business which Parvaz started long ago. Let’s do our best to help this hard-working man!
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.