Miralam is 30 and sells handmade gravestones. This is quite a profitable business and Miralam makes about $350 USD per month. He is following in his family business as his father taught him the best practice and skills.
Now Miralam has applied for a 1,500 AZN loan in order to purchase special stone for making gravestones and working tools. Miralam also breeds cattle, but his primary financial income comes from selling gravestones.
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.