Armen Zakharyan, an Armenian farmer from a remote mountainous village bordering Azerbaijan, has found success through Heifer’s CARMAC project, and believes that this is only the beginning for him and his community.
Twelve-year-old Aramayis Avalyan of Armenia has the beginnings of a successful sheep business that started with a grant through the YES! Youth Clubs of Armenia. “I can’t find words to describe my happiness when the first lamb was born. It was a cute, healthy lamb. I love it very much."
This rural family of six living in Armenia was struggling to meet day-to-day needs when they joined a Heifer project and received a pregnant cow, which provides additional income and food to ease the family's burden.
The Milk for Money partnership project between Heifer Armenia and Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) not only assists Armenian rural families in generating income, but also keeps family members together by reducing the need for migratory work. The Papikyans family received a cow through the project and is thankful for their increased income.
In May 2012, Menuhi and Gohar began small businesses with seed grants they received through Heifer Armenia's Young Agriculturists Network of Armenia (YANOA) project. The sisters have each seen success as they work to harvest raspberries and raise chickens.
Hovik Arzumanyan is the head of Milk Producers Consuming Cooperative in Shaghat, Armenia. The cooperative and Heifer Armenia are working together to help farmers improve feed, livestock breeding and increase animal productivity. Hovik's family and other project members are seeing the benefit of sharing and caring in their community.
In May 2012, 13-year-old Gegham started a small duck farm with a seed grant he received through Heifer Armenia's Young Agriculturists Network of Armenia. His diligence paid off when his small business began generating income and he was able to pass on a seed grant to another youth club member.