Rabiyya A. is 50 years old and married with with 2 sons. She runs a business selling foods products such as juices, sugar, salt, spices, etc.
She started her business 8 years ago and, since that time, has gained respect among customers thanks to her politeness and friendly attitude. Rabiyya is not alone in her business - her husband helps her while she is at her work.
Rabiyya also works as a school teacher, but her salary at school is so low, which is why she focused more on expanding her store business.
Rabiyya has a dream of providing excellent education to her two sons. For this purpose, she applied for a loan of $1200 to diversify and purchase more food stuffs for her store. Let's do our best to help this brave and hardworking woman.
Aqroinvest Credit Union was founded in 2001 by a group of 32 farmers from Imishli. It has since grown to become the largest credit union in Azerbaijan, owned by its more than 5,400 borrowers and boasting a portfolio of nearly US$12 million.
AqroInvest is focused on providing loans to the following groups of people: rural farmers, people living in distant southern villages with little or no access to finance and internally displaced people and refugees, many of whom lost their homes and livelihoods during the violent conflicts in the 1990s.
In May 2011, Aqroinvest started a new project with Kiva proving higher education loans to students. The project gives students the support and financing they need to continue their education and helps pay for tuition fees at various universities in Azerbaijan. Aqroinvest is the first credit union in the country to offer students loans.