Samira A. is a 28-year-old woman who keeps a food store in the southern region of Imishli. She started her business in 1982. Samira supports her family, including her father and mother, who are on a pension. Samira would like to expand her food store, and to this purpose she applied for $1000.
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.