Global Development Mission
The poverty is the main driving force of migration. After devastating earthquake in 1988, Gyumri city, Shirak Province remains the poorest one, where housing shock remains top issue and the poverty rate makes up 44.2 percent. To mitigate poverty and to stop the migration, the project designed cross-border job platform to empower women, as economic drivers. Given at least basic resources and free access, women will not only generate income, but also will bring remarkable changes to society
Today, Armenia experiences major migration problems driven by the lack of jobs and low access to housing. This highly affects the most vulnerable regions, among which Shirak occupies first place and remains the poorest one, after devastating earthquake in 1988. Population in Gyumri faces enormous problems forced by this. Among them women suffer a lot and prone to poverty. The project wants to make sure that people have the option to stay here by developing sustainable job opportunities for them.
The project aim is to empower Gyumri women economic participation via establishment of job-learning platform, integrating them and ensuring all they have free equal access to on-the-job learning and relevant resources to improve their and their families’ well-being. Having skills and resources, they will be able to work on art pieces that can be easily created from home, which later can be marketed through digital platform offered by project, as the productive way for them to sale and earn.
Job-learning platform will be established. 20 carpet weaving machines (middle size) along with required resources will be purchased and installed. 40 portable carpet-weaving machines (small size) will also be purchased and given to 40 women to work from home. Then carpet-weaving experts will be hired; women groups created. Job-learning schedule will be assigned. The created center will be capable to host 40 women, attending classes in shifting groups composed of 20 women each. In the project cycle, it is anticipated that women will make 40 carpets, which then will be exhibited in Yerevan, in Tbilisi and sold. Skills and best practice exchange program is also planned to be held with similar women groups in Georgia. The center will serve as a sustainable free job-learning platform.
This project is designed to address overwhelming needs of families, especially women and children, refugees that live in poorest conditions, deprived from shelters and have no access to sustainable livelihoods. The center established within this project will serve further on-going needs of the vulnerable families, communities based in Gyumri (Shirak Region). Moreover, project empowered women will be able to foster their knowledge and skills to other interested women and girls
Carpet-weaving project is a short-term and cost effective project with long-term (lifetime) impact, secure results and sustainability. Having been largely a women domain, carpet weaving does not generally require a substantial financial input, can easily be worked from home (a key factor in Armenia) and proves to be an efficient way of gaining income due to its high value and scarcity both in Armenian and international markets.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Center space rent-2000 EUR, Purchase of Carpet-weaving machines (60 machines) - 2600 EUR; Resources (tools and accessories) - 2880 EUR; Video PR - 2300 EUR (video tutorial, guidelines, certification); Exchange exhibition in Yerevan and Georgia - 12500 EUR (includes accommodation, venue, catering service, travel, entree cost and etc for 40 Gyumri women and 30 women from Georgia); Project Staff cost - 3200 EUR; Project experts cost - 3200 EUR;
Let's fight poverty. All should be given chance.