Oktay is a 57-year-old man who is married and has five children. He is a market vendor and sells different kinds of food products in the central bazaar. Oktay has more than 20 years of experience in this field, which means he is considered as a knowledgeable and skilled person.
He usually sells rice, macaronis, yoghurt, ketchup, sugar and other things. The products he sells are in very high demand and people use them in everyday life. Also these products are in very high demand among local people and his monthly profit is 300 AZN.
This business is the only financial income for his family and Oktay would like to increase his sales as well as to cover market demand. For this purpose, he applied for 1,800 AZN. He will use this loan to purchase more products. He has already demonstrated himself 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.