Yadigar is a 46 year-old man, married with two sons. He breeds sheep and cattle and sells them to local butchers. Yadigar has 10 years of experience in this field, thanks to his father, who taught him the best way to raise cattle.
Yadigar usually buys small cattle and lambs, raises and fattens them in 5-6 months and resells them for a more profitable price in the local livestock bazaar. Fur is also very popular among local people. Fur and meat selling brings 200 AZN in income per month. People use the meat in everyday national dishes as pilau and dolma, and always use yogurt sauce.
This is the only income in his family, and it is not enough to cover the basic needs of his beloved children. Yadigar applied for 1000 AZN to purchase 8 sheep and cattle.
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.