Qurban is a 47 year old man who is married with two sons. He sells meat such as mutton and beef in the central bazaar. He has five years of experience in this field. He started his business because he was a butcher and had his own livestock for more than 10 years.
This business is profitable and brings stable income of 300 AZN. People use beef in everyday national dishes as pilau and dolma, and always use yoghurt souse. His friend helps him to cut and sell meat.
He applied for 2000 AZN to buy more sheep and cattle to increase selling fresh meat from his butcher shop. This will help to increase his financial income and improve the life conditions of his family.
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.