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​Kalavan: A Village Reborn In Armenia

​Chai Khana

​At the top of a twisting, eight-kilometer-long dirt road in northeastern Armenia lives a man with a vision for his mountain village.  The concept is simple: See opportunities in obstacles.

“We do not have a [paved] road, and there isn’t even a shop in the village. There are many problems,” 36-year-old archeologist-biologist Robert Ghukasyan says of his village, Kalavan, about an hour’s drive north of Lake Sevan. “If we look at it from that angle, it is simply impossible to live here.”
Hundreds of people have decided the same over the past two decades and left Kalavan – a trend seen throughout underdeveloped rural Armenia.

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