Vaqif is 45 years old, divorced and has two daughters. His primarily activity for the last 10 years has been selling food products. He is a market vendor and sells different kinds of goods such as yogurt, sausages, candies, cookies and macaroni. He is responsible for supporting his parents and children. His sister helps him sell products.
His shop is located in a central bazaar which is why his products sell very fast. His business brings him a stable income of 200 AZN. He would like to increase his income and for this purpose he applied for a 1000 AZN loan. He will use this loan to diversify and purchase more products to his shop.
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.