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Imereti. Photo: Kakha Mchedlidze

Located 26 kilometres from Kutaisi in the Imereti region, the village of Esteri was for a good place for employment due to its proximity to the second biggest city in Georgia. Champagne production and tea growing were two of the Esterians' main economic activities.

There are 700 household and 2,030 people living in Esteri today. Back in 2002, there were 1,200 households and 6,700 residents.

With the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the slow decay of local enterprises, the village's recipe for survival became migration.

'There are no private companies in the village. The only employment you can get is in working your own land, which might or might not produce enough for your own needs'

October 2008

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