Agribusiness on the Border 19: Zvart S. Family
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 has 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.
Zvart S. and her 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 Zvart, her daughter in law and her two children. Zvart's home has been occasionally hit by sniper fire due to its proximity to the border. They have a barn that is in acceptable condition. Part of Zvart's home was rebuilt following the war in the 90s with Azerbaijan because it was destroyed during the fighting. Zvart was forced to sell the families' cow, when her husband and son died within a couple of months of one another. The family currently has no form of income and they are requesting a cow and possibly chickens . As a part of this effort Zvart and her 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.
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- Mr. & Mrs. Vasken & Maro Ekmekjian (2017) - CA, USA