Leyla is a 57-year-old widow with a daughter and two sons. They are refugees and live in an IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) settlement. She grows vegetables and her elder son helps her with this. Then she sells them at the local bazaar and receives 150AZN monthly for this. She has 21 years of experience in this work.
Azerbaijan cuisine has lots of recipes for delicious dishes. People buy vegetables to prepare such dishes as dolma, badimjhan dolmasi, qovurma, sogan dolmasi, basdirma and so on. That’s why people's demand for vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, onion, greens, eggplant) is high.
The situation for Leyla is very hard. She has to raise her children and provide them with a bright future. She applied for 2000AZN loan in order to buy more fertilizers.
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.