Anash is a 42-year-old woman who has raised seasonal fruits and vegetables for the last 10 years. She's dedicated mostly to raising pomegranates, as this is the most popular fruit in Azerbaijan.
Anash's income is 100 Azerbaijani New Manat (AZN). Her father is helping her. Anash applied for a 1,500 AZN loan to purchase seeds, working tools and fertilizers. She has already demonstrated herself as a good client with a positive credit history.
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.