Aftandil R. is 30 years old and an internally displaced person from Djabrail town, in the Kharabakh region. He now lives in Absheron region with his parents. He is not married.
Two years ago Aftandil took out his first loan to buy a second cow. Since then, his dairy business has expanded to include five cows, three of whom are offspring of the original two. Aftandil is asking for a loan of 2000 AZN to buy an additional cow. He’d like to expand his small business. Currently, he provides fresh milk and yogurt to his neighbors and local stores, a natural alternative to prepackaged dairy products.
Aftandil's other job is doing construction work. He hopes that by expanding his dairy business he will be able to dedicate himself full time to his cows.
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