Agribusiness on the Border 15: Hovannes P. Family

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CITY / VILLAGE Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur
START DATE Immediately
END DATE One year from start date


Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is an important border village with a population of 1,100 residents in the Bert area of Armenia's Tavush Region. This community, whose territory connects with Azerbaijan, lives and works under a constant risk of sniper fire and renewed armed conflict each day. The economy of the village and the livelihood of many of its residents have suffered due to these difficult and dangerous times. It is of strategic importance to support these villagers in their daily lives so that they may remain inhabitants of this village, mere footsteps from Azerbaijan. With the help of Jean-Marie and Lori Atamian of New York, The Paros Foundation has already implemented major infrastructure projects including the renovation of their medical center, kindergarten and primary school. This effort has had a tremendous impact on the community. Economic development and opportunities for work are essential to continue improving the conditions in this border village. Sponsorship of this project will help provide needy villagers with the opportunity to care for their families and to help improve the village's economy.

Hovannes P. and his family have been identified as one of the families who are in need of additional support in order to help their agribusiness grow. Their family consists of five members including Hovannes, a contract solider, his wife and their three children, one of whom is a newborn. They have a 130 sq. ft. barn that is in need of renovation. Hovannes is in need of financial assistance to obtain materials needed for his barn renovations. He will complete the construction work by his own means once we have provided the materials. He has also requested a cow, sheep, pigs and few chickens, funding permitting. As a part of this effort Hovannes and his family will be provided training and/or business tips for the ensured success of their agribusiness. Frequent visits will be made to the family to track their progress and determine the success of their venture. Helping this family renovate their barn will aid them in providing better shelter for their animals, thus, allowing them to expand their herd.


Due to the remote and dangerous areas in which these villages are situated, residents are unable to travel for work, or establish many other economical opportunities so that they can financially provide for their families. 70% of their fertile land in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is unusable because of frequent sniper attacks. Helping these families better establish their agribusinesses will allow them to be self-sufficient, care for their families and improve their village's economy.


In the short term this family will receive the materials and/or tools they need to renovate their barn. Once renovations are completed, they will receive a cow, sheep, pigs and few chickens, funding permitting.


In the long term, families will have established a form of income and will likely have the ability to expand their work. The village economy will also improve, as more jobs will be created for the residents. This will help deter emigration from the village.


  • Mr. & Mrs. Gary & Nina Turpanjian (2016) - CA, USA


All sponsors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website. Visits to the families can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.
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