Success stories

Georgia
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With funding from the European Union under its EU4Business initiative, EBRD Advice for Small Businesses team helped an animal feed producing company in Georgia introduce quality management system to further foster food safety standards and increase competitiveness at home and abroad. Nutrimax is a Georgian company nestled in the capital and which specialises in producing domestic animal feeds...
It all began in Rome with a cup of delicious, rich espresso. Sandro Beridze and Maka Komakhidze ­­– a young Georgian couple – became so fascinated with the culture and variety of Italian coffee drinking that they decided to bring part of it back to their homeland. It was the early 2000s and the coffee industry had yet to be developed back home. Georgian coffee lovers were not sufficiently...
EBRD and EU help a Georgian sock manufacturer to boost quality Georgia ’s Tiflistex believes in the power of funky socks. With its track record it is difficult not to. Three years ago, Giorgi Gachechiladze decided to launch his project on the outskirts of Tbilisi on what used to be a construction waste site. Manufacturing products “made in Georgia” was both his ultimate motivation and source of...
Mornings resemble a well-rehearsed choreography performance at the Imereti Greenery, a greenhouse nestled in the small city of Samtredia, western Georgia . Two groups of workers at opposite ends of a large water basin plant and harvest lettuce with perfect synchrony. The Imereti Greenery does not look like a typical greenhouse in the morning, or at any other time of the day: lettuce, tomatoes and...
Georgia
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EBRD and EU help Georgian wine makers expand at home and abroad Autumn is the busiest season of the year in Kakheti, the main wine-making region of Georgia . Early in the morning farmers and their families rush to the vineyards to pluck ripe grapes from the vine, while trucks deliver the fruit to processing factories. The harvest is a time for both hard work and celebration for everyone in rural...
EBRD and EU help Georgian wine makers expand at home and abroad
Georgia
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Autumn is the busiest season of the year in Kakheti, the main wine-making region of Georgia . Early in the morning farmers and their families rush to the vineyards to pluck ripe grapes from the vine, while trucks deliver the fruit to processing factories. The harvest is a time for both hard work and celebration for everyone in rural areas, including Valerian Feikrishvili. “I have been working in...
Tekla Mamageishvili
“Leonardo da Vinci was one of the first to describe, with almost complete precision, the anatomy of the eye and optical system in the 15th century. He is perceived as the biggest innovator in modern science, and not only in science,” Tekla Mamageishvili, Director of a Tbilisi-based eye clinic, explains when asked about the name of her company. Tekla is sure that her Da Vinci Clinic will become a...
Manana Chqareuli
Georgia
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“I’ll never forget the moment I realised that I needed to hire more people. And that with the help of EFSE, I could.” Ever since she can remember, Manana Chqareuli has loved sewing. Friends, family, neighbours – whoever needed a rip repaired, a patch sewn on, a hem taken in, or some other alteration, would always find Manana thread and needle in hand. “I can’t really explain what it is, I just...
Irina Gloveli, director of the Tech Engineering Group
The Tech Engineering Group is one of the companies in Georgia that received support from the 'Women in Business’ programme, implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with support from the European Union, among other donors. Irina Gloveli, who became the director of the company in 2017, shortly before this support arrived, says it is difficult, though not...
Tamara Chigogidze, founder and CEO of Georgia’s Radio Holding Fortuna
Tamara Chigogidze, founder and CEO of Georgia’s Radio Holding Fortuna, the country’s largest radio broadcasting company, has always believed in the importance of the media in shaping an inclusive society. “I believe that if we recognise the role that mass media can play in promoting an inclusive society, then we as a broadcaster must also use our opportunities to leverage our network and our...