Aliaga, a 59-year-old man who lives in Imishli with his wife and their four children, has owned a grocery store for almost 10 years. He decided to start this business because he wanted to work independently. He sells canned food, candies, drinks, eggs, bread, etc.. Aliaga is special in his work because he knows how to treat his clients who are his friends and neighbors. He requested a loan, his first, from AqroInvest in order to purchase merchandise for his store. When Aliaga first started his business, he successfully confronted both financial issues and competition. In the future, he plans to expand his enterprise.
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.