Rana is a 58-year-old lady. She is married with four children. Rana has been running her own small business for 20 years. She has a trading place at the market for selling clothes and home products. She is very friendly and polite which allows her to have the clientele she has. Now she is requesting a loan of 800 AZN. Rana is planning to use the loan to purchase more goods to sell thus increasing her product range.
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.