As the November dusk falls, lights flicker on in the small khanuts, or shops, that line the streets of every Armenian community. Small-scale entrepreneurs form the backbone of Armenia’s post-Soviet economy, as Armenians struggle with the crumbling infrastructure that accompanied independence in 1991. Outdated resources combine with a spirit of ingenuity that is uniquely Armenian to make repair and creative re-use the bywords of everyday life in Armenia. In good times and bad, cobblers like this somehow always manage to be busy.
– Tamara England-Zelenski ©2013 | PCV Armenian 2011–2013|Education