Mushroom Farm in Aygepar

Sponsor Name
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PROJECT BUDGET $30,000 AMOUNT NEEDED $12,000
REGION Tavush
CITY / VILLAGE Aygepar
START DATE Immediately
END DATE Two Years From Start Date

DESCRIPTION

Aygepar is a village of 675 people located in Armenia's Tavush region.  The terrain is such that Azerbaijan is surrounding this village on three sides with sniper posts in the hills above.  53 of the village's men work as contract soldiers guarding this important border and protecting their homes.  Few other jobs exist in this village to support the 210 families that call Aygepar their home.  The village does not have much land to grow crops and/or care for animals, making agribusinesses difficult to implement.  During the Soviet Union, the village of Aygepar was built to sustain workers working at the three (now non-functioning) village factories (tobacco processing, champaign and fruit preserves and compote.)

To address the dire economic situation for Aygepar's residents, The Paros Foundation would like to implement a project for ten families, who will be selected from village applicants to launch, work and own a mushroom farm.  Healthy Mushroom, a successful company based in Armenia, will partner with villagers to offer both technical and financial support to ensure the success of this important project.  In addition, Healthy Mushroom is prepared to purchase all of the mushrooms grown in Aygepar to support their business, eliminating the packaging and marketing problems for the villagers. Healthy Mushroom is prepared to invest $20,000 into this economic development project.  The village of Aygepar is prepared to provide one of three abandoned factories for the project's use free of charge.  The Paros Foundation needs to raise a total of $30,000 to make minimum investments in the facility and to support the launch of this important project.

THE NEED

The villagers in the border community of Aygepar need opportunities to work and to care for their families. The village does not have much land to grow crops and care for animals. Most survive with the small gardens they have at their homes. One of three abandoned factories in the village needs to be renovated to launch a mushroom farm that will support ten village families.

SHORT TERM IMPACT

A construction crew will be immediately hired to make the necessary renovations to the building that will house the mushroom farm. Local materials and labor will be utilized that will immediately benefit the local economy.

LONG TERM IMPACT

In the long term, ten village families will benefit from the mushroom farm through their work and ownership. The village as a whole will benefit through this increase in income from its residents. Based on the improved economic conditions, villagers will feel more secure and stable in Aygepar, and thus be less likely to consider abandoning their homes and moving elsewhere.

CURRENT SPONSORS

  • “AWE” Foundation All Women Equal (2017) - CA, USA
  • Ayvazian-Daghlian Family Charitable Trust, Arlington, MA (2017) - MA, USA
  • Dr. Sylvie Khorenian (2017) - NJ, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dan & Jacqueline Lion & Family (2018) - CA, USA
  • “AWE” Foundation All Women Equal (2017) - CA, USA
  • Ayvazian-Daghlian Family Charitable Trust, Arlington, MA (2017) - MA, USA
  • Dr. John Aljian (2017) - NJ, USA
  • Dr. Sylvie Khorenian (2017) - NJ, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ara & Valerie Cherchian (2017) - WI, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dan & Jacqueline Lion & Family (2018) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Herman & Shooshig Hintiryan (2017) - MI, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Mary Goshtigian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Ms. Ann Hablanian (2017) - MA, USA

SPONSORS BENEFITS

Sponsors of this project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, in any appropriately related print or electronic promotional materials, and on a plaque at the mushroom farm.
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