Alina is 57, she sells dowry products as glasses, vases, tableware and other items. Her brother helps her and her monthly profit is about $200. These kinds of goods are very popular among young ladies and all levels of women in Azerbaijan.
Alina is single, but her family supports her. She has 11 years of experience in this field and she would like expand her business and purchase more goods. She applied for a loan of 1,300 Azerbaijanian Manat (AZN) in order to increase her profit.
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.