Samira (her husband is pictured) is a mother of one child. She is 30 years old and is an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) from the Armenian-occupied territory of Azerbaijan. In Azerbaijan, she settled in the Fizuli region, living in the Bala Bahmanli village. She has been in this business for five years. Now, she and her family need a loan of $600 to buy a calf.
Komak means “help” in Azerbaijani. As of its creation in 1999, Komak has kept true to its name by helping thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, refugees and the economically disadvantaged by providing these groups with sustainable credit services. As of 2010 Komak’s $2.5 million portfolio serves 1513 clients, 81% of whom are IDPs, and 40% of borrowers are women. In 2009, Komak was cited in a report by the United Nations General Assembly as one of Azerbaijan's prominent forces in restoring the local economy by enabling small and medium enterprises with credit. For more on Komak, please join our lending team, Friends of Komak Credit Union.