There are 1,500 Chechen refugees in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge. They live in dire conditions and are highly dependent on humanitarian aid. As they are not Georgian citizens, they are not entitled to free medical care nor education at universities. The only possibility to grant the refugees independence and dignity is to integrate them with the local community and to create workplaces for them. As part of the project, eight micro-enterprises were established for both refugees and the local people of the Pankisi Gorge. The firms included: a pharmacy, two general supplies shops, a farmers' co-op, a stationery shop, a garage and, a café/bakery and a beauty parlour. The project was implemented in collaboration with the Kakheti Regional Development Foundation and UNHCR Bureau in Georgia.
Project carried out by:
Embassy of Poland in Tbilisi