Ways of Subsistence
In their home villages, most of the IDP people could life from the agricultural products they produced on their properties; they basically lived from subsistence farming, as well as selling their commodities, materials and products. „Every year I had over seven to eight tons of apples, I collected about 20 bags of walnuts. We worked! We grew plants, we had animals: pigs, chickens, cows, everything“, Neli Ansiani explains, but she had to leave everything she worked for behind. „You lose everything that you have attained in your whole life — a house, your everything and you flee, and the fact, that you don’t know what to expect, is the most horrible thing“, Nora adds. — It was a journey into the unknown for the families, which made everything worse, because there was no known destination, no finishing spot for them, everything was uncertain.
When the families settled down, in what was supposed to be their new home, they started facing numerous problems and numerous challenges. There were no sufficient water supply or electrical connections. „Nothing was functioning in the village, there was absolutely nothing“, says the 63 year old Neli Ansiani. There were „no bank, no pharmacy and not even any medical services“, she explains furthermore.
Because of the insufficient irrigation system in Tsintskaro, the villagers could not take proper care of their fields now. The harvest is almost only sufficient enough to provide for themselves, but mostly not enough for selling their products to provide their whole subsistence.
Still, Tsintskaro is mostly characterized by farming and stockbreeding. Most of the villagers are living from these occupations. Each family has their own small piece of land, where they grow vegetables, grain and other agricultural products. — Sometimes, when the harvest is good enough, some product are sold at markets in the Kvemo Kartli province and bigger cities like Tbilisi.
Apart from the agricultural work, there are other occupations, as well. Some villagers work as teachers at the local school, some are tailors or hairdressers at some of the villages small businesses and besides that, there are people owning little shops, where groceries, beverages or tobacco and other commodities can be bought.