Sabira started her own small grocery business about five years ago. She operates her store from a building on property she and her husband own. She sells food products such as butter, salt, beverages and candies. Her monthly profit is about 130 AZN, which is too low to cover the needs of her two sons. This business is the only income for Sabira`s family. Sabira requested a loan of 1,000 AZN to make some improvements to her store and purchase more foodstuffs. These investments will help Sabira as she continues to develop and expand her business.
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.