Allahverdi G. is 29 years old. He began to work with land at a young age because of lack of financial resources. He grows different kinds of fruit, which has allowed him to support his family.
Allahverdi is now requesting loan of 1,600 AZN to enlarge his business and purchase seeds and fertilizer to grow more crops. This should allow him to satisfy the needs of his customers and improve socio-economic conditions for himself and his family.
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.