Tarana is a 32-year-old woman who raises and breeds sheep and sells milk products in the local community. Tarana has 3 years of experience in this field. She breeds sheep for meat and fur and keeps one cow to sell milk and yogurt, which are very popular products in Azerbijan. Tarana's profit per month is 250 AZN. Her husband works as taxi driver, but his salary is too low to cover the needs of the family. Tarana's business is the main financial source of income. She has applied for a loan of 1000 AZN to purchase sheep and a milk cow.
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.