Tamara Q. is a 51-years-old woman. She is married and lives with her husband and five children in Agsu. All her children are adults, aged between 27 and 16, and help their parents. But they mainly depends on the income from their cattle-breeding business which Tamara and her husband decided to start in 2003. She requested her 1st loan from AqroInvest and Kiva in January. With the support of this loan in thye amount of 2000 AZN she was able to purchase four more cows and in this way to increase her monthly income up to 300 AZN. Now there are six head of cows in her farming. Tamara is hard-working woman and her hope is to buy a bigger piece of land for farming.
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.