Pari is a 46-year-old woman, married with two children. She raises fruits and vegetables in her garden. She started this business 9 years ago. She chose this field because fresh fruits and vegetables are very popular in Azerbaijan. People like to eat them fresh and make fresh juices, which is very healthy.
Her husband sells Pari's crops in the central bazaar and her monthly income is about 300 AZN. Raising crops takes a lot of strength and working in the open air, which is very hard for a woman, and so her father helps Pari.
She needs additional capital to invest in seeds and fertilizers. This will allow her to improve the quality of the products she raises and increase her monthly turnover. For this purpose she applied for 1,000 AZN.
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.