TRDP Yelpin Bakery
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TRDP Supports a New Business in Yelpin, Vayots Dzor

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VAYOTS DZOR, Armenia — The American University of Armenia (AUA) is delighted to announce the grand opening of a new bakery in the village of Yelpin, located in the Vayots Dzor region. This remarkable milestone was achieved through the steadfast support of the AUA Turpanjian Rural Development Program (TRDP). In collaboration with AUA Extension, TRDP has been instrumental in empowering entrepreneurs, fostering the establishment of new ventures, and creating vital job opportunities in rural communities.

The inauguration of the Zhanetta Aghakhanyan Bakery was a momentous occasion for the Yelpin community, bringing together villagers and TRDP beneficiaries in a celebration of local enterprise and tradition. The event, filled with symbolic significance, featured traditional Armenian music and dances performed by a local children’s dance ensemble. The bakery showcased Armenian lavash, freshly-baked bread, gata, and other traditional bakery goods, all crafted with high-quality machinery. The inviting ambiance and unique presentation of traditional Armenian bread have already drawn the first wave of enthusiastic customers. 

Aghakhanyan’s bakery serves not only as a source of delicious local food, but also as a cultural hub, celebrating Armenian baking traditions and strengthening community bonds. The operation of the facility has created three new jobs, marking a significant step toward economic growth and stability in the village. Notably, two of the employees are individuals who were forcibly displaced from Artsakh, highlighting the bakery’s role in providing opportunities and support to those in need.

In heartfelt opening remarks, Zhanetta Aghakhanyan and her family members expressed deep gratitude for the unwavering support provided by TRDP. Aghakhanyan further emphasized the transformative impact of the program, which equipped her with the necessary skills and resources to turn her dream into reality. Her speech resonated deeply with the audience, highlighting TRDP’s potential to change lives and uplift entire communities.

During the event, Zorair Kirakosian, director of field operations at TRDP, and Narine Babayan, TRDP Vayots Dzor team leader, emphasized the significant positive implications of this new business venture for the local economy. As the second TRDP project in Yelpin, the bakery is opening new avenues for local families and producers to thrive. It provides a platform to showcase and sell their products, instilling a sense of optimism and confidence in the local economy. Kirakosian highlighted that the bakery’s success story is a testament to the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of the Yelpin community.

The AUA Turpanjian Rural Development Program offers education, funding, and consultations to existing and startup businesses in the rural communities of Shirak, Tavush, Vayots Dzor, Gegharkunik, Lori, and Ararat provinces of Armenia, as well as in Javakhk (Georgia). Details regarding eligible communities and eligibility criteria can be found here. The program is currently accepting applications for the next round of training. Prospective entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply and take advantage of this unique opportunity to receive comprehensive support in developing their business ideas.