Natiq B., 27, is a young and very successful businessman. He breeds cattle and sells them in the local bazaar. This is his primary business, but Natiq also works in the fire brigade. Although he went to work every day, his salary wasn’t enough to cover his family's basic needs, and so Natiq started cattle breeding in 2009. Usually he buys small calves, fattens and raises them, and after several months sells them in the livestock bazaar. Natiq would like to purchase two cattle and fodder, which will allow him to increase his profit and improve life for his wife and son.
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.