Alasgar is a 27 year-old, young and pensioned man. He is married and lives in one house with his parents. He has raised seasonal fruits and vegetables for the last 12 years. His father was his best teacher to learn how to look after land and raise organic crops.
Fruits and vegetables are very popular among Azerbaijani people and they use them in everyday meals. They use them fresh as well as cooked, as vegetables with meat (Dolma). His monthly income is 250 AZN and he usually sells his crop in the central bazaar.
He applied for 1000 AZN loan to purchase more seeds, fertilizers and garden tools to improve the quality of his crop and increase his monthly turnover.
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.