Aladdin H. is 46 years old. He is married with three children. His wife looks after the house and the kids. Aladdin supports his family by breeding cattle, which he sells for meat. He started his business in 1982 when he was very young. Cattle-breeding is the main source of income for the family and generates the income necessary to allow Aladdin to support his family and improve their living conditions. Now he has applied for a 1200 USD loan, which he is planning to use on purchasing one milking cow for 600 USD and two calves for 300 USD each.
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.