Ismayil A. is a 32 year old cattle breeder who has been selling milk and milk products along with meat to the local farmers since 2005. He also works as a policeman, but his salary is too small to raise 2 sons. Ismayil has 3 cattle now and wishes to increase their numbers to many. While Ismayil is out at work, his wife looks after the animals. He already has a successful loan history with KIVA and AqroInvest and promises to repay accurately.
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.