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Shukur is a 23-year-old farmer who raises crops such as fruits, vegetables, wheat and corn. He is single and lives with his parents. His brother helps him to continue the family business. Shukur says that the year-to-year climate has become more vigorous than previous years, with especially hot summers and cold winters. In the summer, temperatures reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and the main problem in the region is water for irrigation. People are suffering and order special cars with water to irrigate crops, especially in summertime, when temperatures reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

Raising crops has been his life project for the last four years, and this business brings him stable income, his only financial resource. Shukur is not able to build a water channel for his garden alone. This is quite an expensive process that requires a labor force and special equipment. When he heard about water loans, he was extremely excited and applied for a 2000 AZN (Azerbaijani new manat) loan. He will use this loan to pay for the rental of special equipment like a tractor for making the water channel and for workers who will dig the land.

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This loan will help fund AqroInvest's new loan product that supports clients who need to set up proper soil irrigation systems for their agricultural activities. It will also provide financing opportunities to dig wells to expand access to clean water for human and livestock consumption.

About Aqroinvest:

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.

About Azerbaijan

  • $10,800
    Average annual income
  • 28
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    Azerbaijan Loans Fundraising
  • $14,868,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 0.8
    Azerbaijan New Manats (AZN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $2,550 helped Shukur to pay for special equipment and labor to dig a water channel.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 7, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2014