Tanzila is a 40-year-old, hard-working woman. She is married, the mother of two children and the owner of a general store. Tanzila started her business 12 years ago with a little capital that her husband gave her. She sells general items. Her son helps out with the business. Both Tanzila and her husband work hard to ensure the success of the store.
Tanzila has used the help that she has received from the AqroInvest CU to purchase merchandise, especially cleaning products, which are unavailable in other establishments in this part of the city. Having added more stock, she will be able to attract more customers and increase business. With her earnings, Tanzila plans to carry out home improvements, little by little.
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.