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Dvani: At the edge of the Georgian land2013-01-09 15:22
The problems of the villagers of Dvani, Kareli district, have no end. They live at the border with the so-called South Ossetia and still reap the consequences of war; in addition, Dvani residents have many pressing domestic problems.
Village of Dvani, Kareli district, is located at the border with the breakaway territory (Shida Kartli, eastern Georgia). A fruit processing plant, producing grape juice and imported only to Tbilisi markets, is located here. The people of Dvani amassed the money, received from the sale of fruit to the plant in recent months, to decently celebrate the New Year. This has become possible through the extremely economical way of life of the local people. Despite the fact that they have to work hard, earnings from the sale of fruit do not always cover the family's expenses.
Yuri Kopadze, a local businessman. He has drafted a fruit processing production, submitted it to the Ministry of Economics and received a 40 000 GEL grant. He said that after the processing of fruit they would be able to produce such goods as well-known Georgian churchkhela, the sale of which would be carried out in Tbilisi. Kopadze believes that this product is easily-sold, but the amount allocated by the Ministry of Agriculture is not sufficient. And they fail to ensure the stable operation of the production. Producer sets the price for food, and the people are dissatisfied with this price and ask to increase it. Yuri Kopadze responds: "I gain mostly in pre-New Year period. It is seasonal business; profit does not allow raising the price. I want to take a loan, if the rate decreases, and then maybe I can increase the price of fruit".
Several Georgian checkpoints are located around the village of Dvani. Village is bordering the South Ossetian villages from all the sides except for the southern. The villagers fall under a special state program and get 2 cubic meters of firewood per family for free.
Liya Makhachashvili, a villager, says she has to travel at her own expense to the town of Kareli to take those 2 cubic meters of firewood. Also, she must take the firewood within 10 days term.
Local resident Lily Mamagulashvili believes that the new government must necessarily take care of the gasification of the village: "There were rumors they would establish gas supplies, but all in vain. They give us the wood, but it's not really enough", she says ironically.