Zarmo, 23 y.o., is a good-looking young man of average height, broad shouldered and dark haired with small expressive eyes and confident look, striving to reach his goals.
«My dream is to recreate a previously functional factory in my village that provided for hundreds of jobs».
As any young man, he has his own circle of friends and acquaintances. He enjoys going to cafes and clubs and fills his time with interesting activities. Most of all, thought, he likes to talk to like-minded people about political issues, social and economic state of the country, and new business ideas. He has a clear stance on some issues, which shows in his voice tone and gestures, when he talks about them.
Zarmo begins his day with classes at the university and then he goes to work. Zarmo is a sales assistant in a clothing store. He is courteous and polite with the customers, who need assistance in choosing clothes. He takes care of his appearance to look neat and nice all the time. He says that this work is very important to him, because he gains experience to implement his plans. When he graduates from the university, he intends to arrange textile production in his home village. His dream is to recreate the old factory that used to offer hundreds of jobs to local people.
Zarmo is one of those young people, who left his home village in search of new opportunities. Unfortunately, not everyone manages to get education, find a job, and make their dreams and ideas come true.
Zarmo's village, Arevashog, is 100 km away from the capital. It is located on a hill, which gave it the name "a ray of light". The village is not too far from the town of Spitaka hit by a destructive earthquake in 1988. Thirty years later people still divide the life into "before and after" the calamity. After those tragic events, the country found itself in a difficult economic situation: the Soviet Union collapsed giving rise to a new independent republic (1991). Factories were shutting down one after the other and the war in Nagorny Karabakh was about to start. Since then the life in the rural areas as if came to a halt: some people left for the city, others left the country.
Today the population of Zarmo is about 1500 people. Passing by the village houses, one can see people working in the garden, beehives in the yards, cattle grazing on the hill slopes, and fields of wheat, half of which are not cultivated. The villagers engage in apiculture, agriculture, cattle breeding. They survive by selling or exchanging food products that they produce.
Some classmates of Zarmo left the country, while others live on seasonal work outside the republic. Few people managed to relocate to Europe, since it involves a lot of paperwork and requires a visa. If they succeed, the whole families would go to the Netherlands or Poland. Moving to Russia is relatively easy. Many people have relatives there and airfare is affordable. Armenians speak Russian well, which helps to find a job and talk to people. Even those few young people, who stay in the village, start thinking of moving.