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When a social enterprise brings new activities to Kalavan village in Armenia

Rural topic(s): Places to be (work in progress), Rural entrepreneurship and diversification of activities

Type: Narrative story

Date of writing: August 4, 2021

Organization(s): ABCD Innovation Center


§ A few words on KALAVAN village

Kalavan, is a small village in Gegharkunik province of Armenia, a community development model for others.

ABCD Innovation Center has huge experience in organizing various non-formal education projects in Kalavan village. Two years ago the organisation decided to establish a social enterprise called Hooga House that is located in Kalavan village and implements rural tourism development projects and consequently addresses women and youth unemployment issues among rural people.

Some of the rural young people work in the social enterprise, others do guided tours, young artisans conduct master classes for tourists and sell their products in the souvenir shop and other youth sell their agricultural products to the social enterprise like milk, fruits, vegetables etc.

Basically they created a rural tourism social enterprise that affects the lives of almost every single young person in the area.

♪ What kind of experience can you have there…

Visiting this place you can make rich experiences in the following fields of activities:

  • agriculture

  • ecovillage/ smartvillage

  • self organised community

  • organisation of events, trainings

  • co-working

The village is 1600 meters above sea level, having graveyards and stone-century outdoor stations in the surroundings. The archaeological monument Kalavan 1 dates back to the 14th millennium, and Kalavan 2 is more than 34 thousand years old.

☼ Travel information & location

The closest railway station is less than 1 hr away.

You can find more travel information on the Hooga Guest House website

☺ Contact & information


Scale of intervention : Local

Keywords: eco-housing, empowerment of rural communities, rural youth, rural tourisme, coworking space

Places: Armenia

Actors: local community, young person, association