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16 April 2014

The beneficiaries of the training on Armenian national knit slippers, which was implemented in 2012 in Getik community of Gegharkunik Region under the auspices of a Viennese architect Heike Elizabeth Barth, are already able to organize the production and sale of their products in a coordinated way. Nune Mirzoyan from the village of Martuni submitted a project on the organization of a similiar training to Caritas organization which was carried out in April of this year.

Mastering the skills of monochrome hand-knitting enabled the participants of the knitting club to organize a beautiful exhibition in Chambarak on April 15. The exhibition was attended by representatives of Caritas and other non-governmental organizations and community members. Henceforth, 12 more women in Chambarak will have employment.

26 March 2014

In mid-2013 Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia launched a new market development project, E-agro, an electronic market for all agriculture related stakeholders. E-Agro is the first project in Armenia, as well as in the region at large, which utilizes modern technologies to the benefit of farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs.

Horticulture Development Project in Vardenis sub-region (funded by EPER, Switzerland) decided to introduce this innovative market development tool to its beneficiary farmers. In three villages introductory seminars have been conducted with more than 50 farmers attended at. Ani Manukyan, E-Agro Project Coordinator, has been invited to present this virtual marketing platform during these seminars. Ms Manukyan explained the attenders of seminars how to get registered free-of-charge at www.eagro.am where the seller and the buyer get an opportunity to contact each other directly, without intermediaries avoiding time waste and transportation expenses. She presented also several useful online services of E-Agro including consultancy where a user can get and/or advertise information on all aspects of farming techniques, agricultural machinery services, selling/buying agricultural inputs and the like.

In the line with its strategy to pursue sustainable income generation activities as well as adherence to M4P concept and tools Shen is going to continue this new collaboration with Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia working in Horticulture Development Project in Vardenis sub-region as well as its other agricultural value chain development projects elsewhere in Armenia.

Children gave their evaluation of the works jointly done by USAID, CHF and Shen.  Tomatoes ready to be dried  In Koghbavan farmers will also have new orchards on the former unused lands  A small hydro power station constructed thanks to Aniv loan  School's gym in Noyemberyan fully furnished with the financial help of Orange-Armenia.  Open air playground in the yard of kindergarten in Sevkar.  What can we prepare with wood, thread or paper?  The pre-school class is ready.  A new inhabitant in Yeghnajur

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