On November 19, USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia presented the results the project achieved during 5+ years. US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan joined USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili, Senior Vice President Europe & Eurasia Chemonics International, Tetyana Dudka, and USAID/Zrda Chief of Party, Ketevan Tchumburidze to celebrate the successful conclusion of the USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia.
Zrda’s major achievements by the end of 5+ years are as follows:
USD 41,861,603 Sales generated by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME);
1,241 businesses managed to generate increased sales in 6 regions;
3,500 jobs, 1,706 full-time jobs were created;
18,480 households increased their income by at least 25 %;
45% increase of resiliency for beneficiary communities to cope with shocks to livelihoods;
5,119 stakeholders implementing risk-reducing practices/actions to improve resilience to livelihood shocks as a result of Zrda assistance;
USD 6,196,794 funds leveraged from Government of Georgia (GoG) and other sources for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects;
26,070 beneficiaries using improved infrastructure services in Zrda target regions.
Kodistskaro village, Kaspi Municipality, Shida Kartli - November 16, 2021, at 12:20 a.m. Through USAID Zrda Activity and JSC Partnership Fund Start-up Georgia Program support the Used Motor Oil Refinery UNIVERSAL GROUP GERGIA LTD was opened in Kodistskaro village of the Kaspi Municipality located along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) with the occupied territory of South Ossetia.
The Used Motor Oil Refinery UNIVERSAL GROUP GERGIA LTD construction started in 2020 and was implemented through the financial support from USAID Zrda Activity and JSC Partnership Fund Start-up Georgia Program. Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director, together with Solomon Pavliashvili, Deputy Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Executive Director of the JSC Partnership Fund David Saganelidze, Director of Start-up Georgia Giorgi Lomidze and USAID/Zrda Activity Chief of Party Ketevan Tchumburidze officially open the facility.
By implementing the Used Motor Oil Refinery project, USAID’s Zrda Activity and JSC Partnership Fund through its Start-up Georgia are investing to establish the recycling facility for used motor oils, including engine, hydraulic and gearbox oils, that is in full compliance with the state or international environmental standards. The facility is the first of its kind in Georgia that by using an innovative technology “cracking” (fractioning of used motor oils at high temperature extract) produces 4 types of products (Diesel, fuel oil, higher-octane fuel and methane gas). The materials will be sourced locally, and major sales market will be Georgia. The Facility will employee local residents of the village.
Overall, during 2019-2021, USAID Zrda Activity and JSC Partnership Fund Start-up Georgia Program jointly financed five projects with the total investment amount of up to GEL 2,500.000.
Café Scout Garden, Rustavi, Kvemo Kartli region – On November 9, 2021, USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia in partnership with Georgian Gastronomic Association and Kvemo Kartli Regional Development Agency, held presentation of culinary cookbook “Ethno Tabla” – collection of recipes from Kvemo Kartli’s multicultural cuisine.
The presentation was attended by USAID/Georgia Economic Growth Office Director, Marika Olson, joined by Kvemo Kartli Governor, Shota Rekhviashvili, Georgian Gastronomic Association president Dalila Tsatava and Levan Kokiashvili, as well as USAID/Zrda Chief of Party, Ketevan Tchumburidze to officially launch a new cookbook.
The “Ethno Tabla” culinary cookbook is composed of a collection of traditional recipes from various ethnic minority communities (Armenians, Azeri, Germans, Greeks, Assyrians) living in Kvemo Kartli and is meant to feature delicious recipes that are easy to follow and require accessible ingredients. The book is planned to be sold locally through various channels, including book chains, while the income generated through book sales will go to the Kvemo Kartli Regional Development Agency (KKRA) and serve as a revenue stream to support their various community engagement activities in the region.
The “Ethno Tabla” cookbook is the fifth edition of Zrda’s culinary cookbook series that feature traditional cuisines from across Georgia including „Meskhuri Tabla“ (Samsthkhe-Javakheti region), „Kolkhuri Tabla“ (Samegrelo region), „Tushuri Tabla“ (Tusheti communities), and „Kisturi Tabla“ (Pankisi Valley). The books are designed to raise awareness of the rich traditions, customs, and cuisines of various regions in Georgia and ultimately promote domestic and international tourism in these unique destinations.
On September 16, the General Assembly of Samtskhe-Javakheti Destination Management Organization reviewed and approved Samtskhe-Javakheti Tourism Strategy 2021-2030 and the Action Plan.
Tourism Strategy 2021-2030 and the Action Plan were elaborated with the support of USAID/Zrda Activity in Georgia. Relevant services of all six municipalities were also actively involved in this process.
Together with an expert, DMO carried out extensive work on a strategic development plan for the region's tourism development. Surveys were conducted with tourism service providers and tour companies, tourist locations were evaluated, and priorities were identified as a result of consultations with tourism stakeholders.
Through JSC Partnership Fund Start-up Georgia Program and USAID/Zrda Activity support the Eco Technology LTD, high-quality coal production from hazelnut and walnut shells was opened in Rukhi village, Zugdidi Municipality, Samegrelo located along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) with the occupied territory of Abkhazia.
Ecologically clean, safe and economical products obtained from the processing of hazelnut shells by a high quality coal enterprise are being produced with locally sourced raw materials and sold in the Georgian market in various trade networks. Beneficiaries also target to reach export markets in future as the project expands.
David Hoffman, USAID/Georgia Deputy Mission Director together with Executive Director of the JSC Partnership Fund David Saganelidze, Director of Start-up Georgia Giorgi Lomidze and USAID/Zrda Activity Chief of Party Ketevan Tchumburidze officially open the facility.
Overall, during 2019-2021, USAID Zrda Activity and the JSC Partnership Fund Start-up Georgia Program jointly financed five projects with the total investment of over GEL 1 500 000.
The USAID/Zrda-supported project "Digitize Georgia" has been successfully completed.
Digital missionaries have been digitizing various tourist destinations across Georgia for 5 months and making contributions to Google Maps.
Throughout the project, the missionaries competed against each other in various categories. At the final event, the winners were given gifts such as a smartwatch, tablet, camera, laptop, phone and a trip to Tao-Klarjeti.
he winners of the project were awarded with special gifts provided by Zrda. We congratulate the Digital Ambassadors with the winners and wish them further success in the future!