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Low-cost furniture for low- and middle-income families

31 January 2019

ARS_3933_Low- and middle-income families in Armenia can barely find energy-efficient construction materials, furniture, or appliances at affordable prices. To address these issues with the funding support from the European Union Habitat for Humanity Armenia Foundation has been implementing the “Restoring Living Conditions in Armenia” project since December 2016. The project aims to improve low- and middle-income families’ living conditions by providing them with access to low-cost furniture, household goods, and building materials – new and used, remodelled and refurbished. The project is based on monetary donations or donated items – new or almost new furniture, construction materials, and home appliances – which are then refurbished and sold to the public at affordable prices. The project has a total budget of €340,003 (the European Union contribution is €300,000).

ARS_3997_Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Armenia foundation Luiza Vardanyan presented the components of the project: “Our project has three main components. We established a social enterprise called “Norogi Resource Centre” in 2018, where low- and middle-income families can get low-cost, new or barely used furniture, construction materials and supplies, and home appliances. We will also organise training for people to get basic know-how on carpentry, home improvements, and energy-efficiency upgrades. We also have a working lab and learning studio where volunteers of different abilities and backgrounds have an opportunity to gain new skills and technical tips on remodelling and upgrading furniture which will help them access employment opportunities. The proceeds will be directed to Habitat for Humanity Armenia foundation to be used to help more families build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities”.

ARS_4005_The Head of the “Restoring Living Conditions in Armenia” project, Arthur Mesropyan, spoke about shaping new culture in Armenia: “We must be able to change our culture. It is unnecessary for everyone to dedicate things only to themselves, and furniture is one of those things. Through social networks, partners, customers, donors, volunteers, we’re trying to spread the idea of donating. We are trying to use this opportunity to present our programme and goals and raise awareness”.

Low-cost furniture for low- and middle-income families

ARS_3933_Low- and middle-income families in Armenia can barely find energy-efficient construction materials, furniture, or appliances at affordable prices. To address these issues with the funding support from the European Union Habitat for Humanity Armenia Foundation has been implementing the “Restoring Living Conditions in Armenia” project since December 2016. The project aims to improve low- and middle-income families’ living conditions by providing them with access to low-cost furniture, household goods, and building materials – new and used, remodelled and refurbished. The project is based on monetary donations or donated items – new or almost new furniture, construction materials, and home appliances – which are then refurbished and sold to the public at affordable prices. The project has a total budget of €340,003 (the European Union contribution is €300,000).

ARS_3997_Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Armenia foundation Luiza Vardanyan presented the components of the project: “Our project has three main components. We established a social enterprise called “Norogi Resource Centre” in 2018, where low- and middle-income families can get low-cost, new or barely used furniture, construction materials and supplies, and home appliances. We will also organise training for people to get basic know-how on carpentry, home improvements, and energy-efficiency upgrades. We also have a working lab and learning studio where volunteers of different abilities and backgrounds have an opportunity to gain new skills and technical tips on remodelling and upgrading furniture which will help them access employment opportunities. The proceeds will be directed to Habitat for Humanity Armenia foundation to be used to help more families build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities”.

ARS_4005_The Head of the “Restoring Living Conditions in Armenia” project, Arthur Mesropyan, spoke about shaping new culture in Armenia: “We must be able to change our culture. It is unnecessary for everyone to dedicate things only to themselves, and furniture is one of those things. Through social networks, partners, customers, donors, volunteers, we're trying to spread the idea of donating. We are trying to use this opportunity to present our programme and goals and raise awareness”.