Nazim is a 52-year-old man who is married and has two sons. He is a market vendor and sells different kind of food products in the central bazaar. Nazim has 9 years of experience in this field, and is considered as a knowledgeable and skilled person.
He usually sells rice, macaronis, yoghurt, ketchup, sugar and others. The products he sells are in very high demand and people use them in everyday life. Also these products are in very high demand among local people and his monthly profit is 100 AZN. His spouse helps him to update the merchandise in his shop.
Nazim also works as the head of the office, and this business is not the only financial income in his family. Nonetheless, Nazim would like to invest more and develop his business. For this purpose he applied for a loan of 1,000 AZN. He will use this loan to purchase more products. He has already demonstrated himself as a good client with a positive credit history.
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.