Social mobilization in Georgia: Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti

In 2017, in the abandoned, almost deserted villages of Lechkhumi, the local women took the first steps towards breathing new life into the villages.It all started with an initiative by UN Women and the Taso Foundation in support of social mobilization. The women who joined the initiative gathered the other locals and set an example for them of how to stand together. This motivated others to follow suit.Through the activism of women, the villages now are filled with new joy and enthusiasm. Living conditions have changed for the better, and the small businesses started by the women activists have provided a source of income, for women in the village employed as a result of these initiatives.Now, these women are eager to bring back the long-gone spirit into the abandoned houses of Lechkhumi.The video was prepared in the framework of the UN Women project “A Joint Action for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Georgia” supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs".