Rovshan is 48 years old. He is married and has two sons. Rovshan has engaged in poultry breeding for twenty-five years. His wife helps him breeds cocks, hens and geese. Rovshan sells poultry and eggs at the bazaar. Sometimes he sells goose down too. His monthly income is 170 AZN.
Azerbaijani peoples’ demand for bird meat is high. They like to cook delicious national dishes (chicken with sweets to pilaf, fried goose, hen or chicken with different tasty spices and flavors, levengi etc.). Goose down is used to make soft pillows and warm coverlets or warm coats.
Rovshan is borrowing 1500 AZN. This is his first loan from AqroInvest Credit Union. He wants to buy more poultry and cover the costs of breeding and keeping them.
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.