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[Economic Development]: From War-Torn Aleppo to Yerevan: Sevag Aroyan and Maria Maronian’s Inspiring Success image

Sevag Aroyan and Maria Maronian’s inspiring success is due to a lot of hard work. It was only a year ago when on March 7, 2016, they held their very first class at ETC-English and Exam Training Center that they had just opened in the heart of Yerevan. They started their business with a loan and by using the good reputation they had acquired during their short stay in Armenia.

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[FAR Economic Programs]: The Kind of Help That Strengthens a Family standard

The Poghosyan family starts life very early in the morning. During the summer Andranik, 44, usually arrives at the market at 3am to sell vegetables from the family`s garden. “Today I was selling onions. It was okay. Selling vegetables is more to help with everyday expenses; our main income comes from animals,” said Andranik, who lives with his family in Marmarashen Village in Ararat Province. The Poghosyans are beneficiaries of FAR’s Child Poverty Reduction Program, through which they receive aid that helps to stabilize their finances. “When we were allocated some money by the program we decided that it would be better to buy more animals. So we did. Now, we have two piglets and 60 chicks. They will really ...

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[FAR Economic Programs]: FAR Fights Poverty Alongside the People of Tavush standard

Meet FAR’s Berd Office team: the main officers of FAR’s one-year-old Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP)*. Many team members are named after flowers and other natural elements. Astghik is the little star, Hasmik is Jasmine, Heghine – wicker, Zarine – dawn… and they are all led by Lusine – the moon – Grigoryan. “I will never leave my homeland. I cannot understand those who do,” Lusine says. She is always striving to make the absolute most of BCPP that is working to help the city of Berd and its surrounding villages in the Tavush region. The Berd team’s job is not an easy one. In addition to the many faces of poverty that they battle every day, including ...

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[FAR Economic Programs]: Toufayan Family Visits Zangakatun Village standard

On September 21, the festive 22nd Independence Day of Armenia, FAR staff accompanied dedicated benefactors Hratch, Suzanne, and Gregory Toufayan to the borderline village of Zangakatun to witness and celebrate its latest developments. The group first set out to visit the village’s new Agro Business Center, a precious gift from the Toufayans. This is the first year that FAR and the apple producers from Zangakatun’s rural community, as well as nearby villages, will preserve apples in the Center’s cooling facility to sell the crop in the winter. Villagers will finally have a chance to store and sell apples grown in their own orchards. Meanwhile, FAR is currently procuring apples from larger producers in the region to sell and, eventually, to ...

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[FAR Economic Programs | Social Services]: A Gift to Break the Cycle of Poverty standard

The magnanimous gift by benefactors Edward and Janet Mardigian and the Mardigian Family Foundation — one of the largest-ever contributions made to FAR—will allow the humanitarian organization to launch a new initiative — “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Developing Thriving Communities” — aimed at relieving poverty and decreasing its effects on children and families in one of the key provinces in Armenia. With the Mardigians’ generosity behind it, FAR’s new groundbreaking program aims to break the “cycles of poverty” presently handicapping people in Armenia’s Tavush region, and set them on the road to greater self-sufficiency and dignity. Today, even more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tavush still suffers from poverty, malnutrition, unemployment and poor infrastructure. ...

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