Nurana is a 47-year-old married woman with four children. Six years ago, when in the country there was a book deficit, especially in towns, she decided to open a bookstore. She stared in a small rented place with 10 books. Now demand is so high that Nurana expanded her business and have more than 200 books in her store. She also sells notebooks and other office supplies.
Nurana's husband works as a driver and his salary is only 120 AZN. Nurana's business brings her a constant profit of 300 AZN each month. She applied for a 700 AZN loan to improve her shop and purchase books from Russia, which are very popular among the local people.
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.