Business Projects

Development of women’s entrepreneurship is one of the main components of the project “Helping Poor Rural Communities Help Themselves, and Networking For Peace” (2017 – 2020).

In frames of the project, it is planned to:

  • Train approximately 20 women in business basics;
  • Provide basic marketing instruction;
  • Announce calls for business project proposals;
  • Provide necessary expert consulting during the process of proposal development;
  • Provide small business start-up grants for the 4-6 most realistic business plans on a competitive basis.

Over the course of the project, a network of women who received the training is being established. Business women exchange their successful experiences with their peers during various meetings and field visits. Field visits are also organized in different provinces/marzes of Armenia for getting acquainted with successful businesses established by women in place and for the exchange of experience.

It is planned to create also successful projects’ database, write up success stories and post them on WFD’s website, Facebook page and local communities’ websites, local mass media, etc.

The project gives an opportunity to break the existing stereotype in the society that only men can own and manage a business. Presentations of successful business projects are organized, which creates an environment of confidence and respect among the women entrepreneurs and serves as positive examples for other women who want to start a business. The most important is that women are able to become financially independent and take care of the daily needs of their families. Women’s roles in their own families and communities are increasing, and the number of cases of domestic violence reduces.

 

Financed Business Projects

 

Family Guest House in Megrashat

Five most feasible and promising business plans have been born and established as a result of the project “How to Start Your Own Business in Armenia, Business Plan Designing”. It was a joint initiative of Women for Development NGO and the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE). As a result of the selection and the related small funding, the fresh ideas have already been launched, allowing rural entrepreneurs to turn their vision into income-generating business.

One of the awarded projects for business development in a rural Shirak area, consists in renovation and furnishment of a family-run guesthouse in Meghrashat, which promises to make a visit at the village memorable, authentic and comfortable.

The Granny’s House – Family Guest House in Meghrashat has already been put on the virtual map of Facebook for presentation and popularization purposes. Information about the guesthouse will soon be available in other social networks as well.  https://web.facebook.com/GuesthouseinMeghrashat/

 “Lilit” cakes

Another business idea, funded by Women for Development NGO and European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) consists in the establishment of small pastry shop in Tsoghamarg community. The idea was presented by Elizabeth Mkrtchyan, a resident of the village herself, with the aim to provide fresh and affordable pastry to all community members.
Within the framework of the project, all necessary equipment and accessories for the production of pastries have been obtained. The program also includes a series of cooking classes in Gyumri, which has already begun.
Elizabeth is optimistic and convinced that her home-based business will be expanded in the future, leading to positive changes for both her family and the entire community.
A personal Facebook page, entitled Lilit Pastry Shop, already operates to promote the services and will soon accept orders. Check it out! https://web.facebook.com/Lilit-cakes-336873113578006/?modal=admin_todo_tour

“Honeybee Megrashat”

Pedagogue Karen Voskanyan is from Meghrashat village, located in Shirak province. He is teaching at a local school and, parallelly, engaging in his passion – beekeeping. Karen inherited this love from his family, in which long year tradition of beekeeping has been passed through the generations. For already many years, beekeeping has been Karen´s hobby and, additionally, a safe way to provide the family with honey. Now he aims to dive deeper into the beekeeping process and turn his favorite leisure activity into profitable business.

This was the reason why Karen decided to participate in business training cycle, organized by us, and develop the business idea of “Honeybee Meghrashat”. According to Karen, the name of the village itself suggests the advantages of its geographical location, offering great source of raw material for honey. He is convinced that, thanks to the project, he will be able to increase the volume of ecologically clean and pure honey produced by him, and increase his competitiveness in the market.

Within the framework of the joint project of “Women for Development” NGO and European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), Karen Voskanyan’s project has been financed, which lead to him obtaining 6 additional beehives, all of which will support the striving entrepreneurs to realize his idea.

Greenhouses in Arpeni and Voghji communities

Following 2 business projects, funded by Women for Development NGO and European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE), aim at establishing greenhouses respectively in Arpeni and Meghrashat communities. The project proposals were developed by these active women who, after participating in business our trainings, decided to try their best and start own small family businesses.

According to Gohar Gevorgyan and Anna Khachaturyan, growing vegetables and greens in winter will not only cover their own family needs, but also provide their communities. Especially considering the fact that the vegetables, which can currently be bought from mobile merchants in these communities, are usually not fresh any more by the time the are offered there, not to mention that they are, in additional, overpriced, both women assure that can offer buyers competitive and ecologically clean products right away from the greenhouse.

What is more, residents of the community won’t need to get to travel to the city to buy vegetables and spend valuable money and time in vane.

It is envisaged to build two greenhouses with a polyethylene two-layer film with a surface area of ​​50m2 and 100m2, for which all the necessary building materials have already been obtained.

Once winter is over and the days get warmer, the construction of greenhouses will begin.