Kamila (her brother is pictured) is 51 years old and is the mother of three children. She is an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) from the Lachin region in the Armenian-occupied territory of Azerbaijan. Eight years ago Kamila and her brother started a food market business. They need a loan of $1200 to buy more food items to help improve their business.
Komak means “help” in Azerbaijani. As of its creation in 1999, Komak has kept true to its name by helping thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, refugees and the economically disadvantaged by providing these groups with sustainable credit services. As of 2010 Komak’s $2.5 million portfolio serves 1513 clients, 81% of whom are IDPs, and 40% of borrowers are women. In 2009, Komak was cited in a report by the United Nations General Assembly as one of Azerbaijan's prominent forces in restoring the local economy by enabling small and medium enterprises with credit. For more on Komak, please join our lending team, Friends of Komak Credit Union.