Over one-third of rural Armenians live below the poverty line and 1 in 4 is without a job. For women survivors of domestic violence the situation is far worse - with no way to support their families they have little option but to stay in abusive homes. These and other at-risk Armenians lack the education and skills to find employment, and have extremely limited access to job training or financing. Without these tools, many Armenians and their children will continue to live in chronic poverty.
We're making dreams come true for Armenians who want to build a better life and support their families. NEF is creating opportunities by helping them find a job or start their own business. We offer skills training, mentoring, networking and start-up funding for aspiring entrepreneurs. Among the new businesses are confectionary, catering, and agriculture enterprises, as well as a franchise of internet cafes where the rural poor have access to computers.
Every Armenian life changed has an impact on generations to come. By helping people develop new skills and financial independence, we are helping to build stronger families and revitalize communities. We are also shifting understandings of gender-based violence. Our work addressing the economic rights of 50 women survivors is a first-of-its-kind initiative and a potential model for the country. All of these efforts promote a thriving, sustainable Armenia.
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