Written by hdiforg
Monday, 19 January 2015
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A group of women from Koghb created “Yreqnuk” (clover) handicrafts initiative in 2009. “Yereqnuk” Handicrafts joined HDIF from the very first day of its foundation. Before joining us until now, they also work  at Koghb Art School and Koghb Cultural centre. They first met Timothy Straight some 5 years ago, when he was traveling across different villages and towns of Armenia and looking for different groups who make handicrafts.

Yereqnuk consists of three painter women. One of these women lives in Karlsruhe, Germany. However being away from Armenia doesn’t disturb their work, on the contrary, she helps finding a market in Karlsruhe and nearby cities. They work from 10-21, 7 days per week. Part of their income goes to Kogh art school to cover some of their expenses. They also provide free handicraft lessons.

Besides working for “Yereqnuk,” these women are involved in the creation of different projects devoted towards the development of the region and they try to implement them with the help of corresponding NGOs. Besides that they hold a month long summer camp named “Plener symposium”.

They would face some problems with the equipment: if they had a ne w sewing machine they would be able to make better quality products. Also, their location is a problem for sending products to Yerevan, or getting the materials. 

Yereqnuk is a great example for young people to help create their own business and provide jobs for the others in order develop their communities, instead of leaving the country.

Take a look at a video done by Timothy Straight about Yereqnuk Handicrafts.

For more information go to Koghb Art School web-site or Facebook page.

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