Armen, owner of a grocery store

« I like the city where I was born and raised »

Unemployed, Armen Seyranyan and his wife left Armenia in 2014 to start a new life in France. After seventeen months of unsuccessful research in Marseille, they decided to go back to their native city, Charentsavan, in Kotayk province in Armenia. Over there, they let a premise, which remained closed during their stay in France, and would like to open a food store.

Thanks to the Armenian community of Marseille, Armen found out about OFII and submitted his project to the organization who immediately accepted it.

Thanks to OFII, they were able to pay for their return to Armenia and Armen could buy 2 refrigerators, a meat mincer, a saw, a weighing scale, a machine to cut the meat, another one to pack the products, as well as a first stock of goods. His shop is today well-stocked. He offers eggs, fish, meat, cooked meats and he has been able to retain customers.

Armen and his wife could also re-establish contacts with their family and they spend good time with their friends playing nardi, an Armenian game.

“I like the city where I was born. I advise to all Armenians who would like to work in their country to call OFII”, he says.
Armen, 37 years old, will be soon a father and he would like to open a hairdressing salon for his wife.