Sevda is a 57-year-old woman who sells confectionaries. She has 10 years of experience in this field. Sevda is married and has two sons.
Her monthly income from this business is 230 AZN. These types of products are very popular and in high demand among people. She would like to expand her business and purchase more items and diversify the products she sells. For this purpose she applied for 1500 AZN loan. 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.