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Dried fruit production in Tsalenjikha

Meet Nino, from Tsalenjikha Municipality. She is 47 years old and she has been producing dried fruit for more than 20 years now.

“When I first started producing dried fruit it was wartime. I was hosting IDPs from Abkhazia at my home, and suddenly a group of armed men appeared and started to threaten us. It was that time when I offered them whole production of my dried fruit in order to leave us alone” – remembers Nino.

For years, it was the only chance of survival for Nino and her family. Time after time, the cost of the product increased and so did Nino’s income. Nino had other goals as well - she finished a vocational college and wanted to continue her studies, but her health condition made it impossible for her to go on. In 2009, Nino was diagnosed with cancer.

“I did not think about death, I just wanted to see my children accomplish that I could not due to my health condition, I wanted them to study” - says Nino.

“It was very hard for my family to fight against my illness. They had to sell everything that belonged to us, they had to give up on their needs and now with my business, I am trying to give back all of this.”

In 2019, Nino heard about the grant competition announced by ASB Georgia, and she decided to grow her business and applied for the grant. Luckily, she became one of the 37 persons who were funded in Samegrelo and she was able to buy Drying Machines working on solar power that enables her to improve her production.

Nowadays, Nino has plenty of orders and she is a popular dried fruit supplier in the region. With the help of modern technical equipment, she can produce lot more product and expand her market area.

 

The project: "Economic Development for IDPs and Host Community in Georgia" is funded by the U.S State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and it is being implemented by ASB Georgia with support of CHCA. 

10/03/2020