Her husband also helps her in this business. Shukufe and her husband started a farm 15 years ago. The business takes a lot of effort, but together they run it successfully. Shukufe sells the meat in the central bazaar where the demand for meat is high. People in Azerbaijan consume a lot of meat because it is used in most dishes. Some traditional meals like kebabs, dolma and others require beef in their preparation. Her profit is about 170 AZN monthly.
She is applying for new loan of 1,800 AZN in order to expand the business by buying new calves. She plans to raise these calves, fatten them and sell them for meat for the coming traditional holidays, when the demand for beef will increase. This is Shukufe's sixth loan.
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This loan is designed for clients residing in settlements for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan. An internally displaced person (IDP) is someone who has been forced to flee his or her home due to armed conflict, violence, human rights violations, or natural or manmade disasters, but who, unlike a refugee, has not crossed an international border (source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). Many of these people have failed to qualify for loans through formal channels due to low income and lack of collateral. By funding this loan, you are creating opportunities and supporting economic development in extremely underserved communities.
About Aqroinvest: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.
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