Alikishi is a 59-year-old man who lives in Saatli with his wife and two sons. He is a persevering and very responsible man with a great desire to get ahead every day. For eight years, Alikishi has run a grocery store in town. He sells mostly food products and manages to earn a significant income, which enables him to provide for his family. His business is the only income for the family. Alikishi requested a loan of 1,100 AZN from AqroInvest CU to increase his revenues.
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.