Samir A. is a 31-year-old man who sells seasonal fruits and vegetables in Agsu city. He started his business in 2009 and since that time has become very successful. His monthly income is about $375. The fruits and vegetables he sells are very good quality, and local people buy all of them in several hours.
Samir is married and has one son. He would like to earn enough to open one more shop in another place in his city. Because the products he sells are in very high demand, he believes in his success.
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.