Sakit is 35 years old and an internally displaced person from Fuzuli city. He currently lives in the Fuzuli region, an area still under Azerbaijan's jurisdiction. He is married and has two children, ages 13 and 14. His business is a stand from which he sells fruits and vegetables all year.
Sakit is seeking a loan of 2,000 Azerbaijani New Manats to expand his stand so that it would provide shade for his produce. He worries that the vegetables go bad too quickly under the heat of the sun during the summers and freeze during the winters. By building additional shelves on his stand, he could increase the shelf-life of the produce he sells.
Sakit hopes that by keeping his produce fresh longer, he can decrease the number of trips he takes to purchase them at the various bazaars, some of which are located quite a distance away.
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