She sits and sells sweets at the entrance to a building on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi.

She has a stout body and face, with large eyes and silver hair. She is 50-year-old Nana Barsmanshvili, a private street vendor. 

She says that this work is not interesting, although she finds it easy to sit and sell goods —chewing gum, cakes, sweets, French fries or pop-corn which her boss brought from the Railway Station Bazaar. 

But she says it is hard for her to spend all night at work. She works 24 hours straight, and then takes off for two days. She earns 10 lari per working day.

She graduated from the chemistry faculty of Georgian Technical Institute (GTI) and then worked as an engineer for a chemistry factory. But the factory was closed in 1992. Barsmanshvili has worked as a vendor since then. She says she did not look much for work at that time. She applied for one or two jobs, but after getting negative responses, she gave up.

She said that she is ashamed to introduce herself.

“I graduated from weighty faculty, but I work here now,” she said. Now, she said, she cannot find work because the jobs are only for younger people. No one wants to employ a 50-year-old woman. 

Barsmanshvili has never married and says she has no family. Although the money she earns is not enough for her, she tries to get along on it, paying for gas, light, water and food. But she said she doesn’t have any problems other than her unemployment. Barsmanshvili wants to work as an engineer again.


About one journalist…

Khanim Javadova comes to Journalism because of liking tireless activity. She is a 22-year-old Azerbaijani journalist. Javadova says that she learned skepticism, curiosity, thinking differently from journalism. But she likes photojournalism, shooting video and editing.

In 2004 Javadova entered the journalism faculty of Baku State University and graduated in 2008.

She began working when she was in the fourth course in 2007. Her first work was in “Chabir Novruz’s Fund” (“CNF”) production. It is a private film or program producer place. She worked for the morning program “Khazarin sahilindeh” (“At the beach of the Caspian”) as a reporter from October 2007 to April 2008.

Then she worked for a local magazine from May to October in 2008. She left her work because she didn’t like it. Javadova said that this magazine is about wedding culture of the world. And she thinks she hadn’t any perspective here. She also was an announcer of news at Internet-radio www.baku.fm, a new Internet radio. She worked there from October to December, 2008. She also took the public/civil journalism course at Dutch School of Journalism in Baku. It was three months journalism course from October to December, where they were learning public/civil journalism.

Javadova says that she has a lot of friends and she tried to spend time with them everyday when she was in Baku. But Javadova doesn’t like liar and two-faced people.

Javadova says that she sometimes is lazy. She calls it as a minus side of her character.”

She hates shopping. But every month she needs to buy shoes because they are worn out often.

Her hobby is information technology, computers, learning languages and traveling. She likes surfing on the Internet. Also she has a Web site (www.ses.fm- (voice)) where she wants to open the first podcast blog site in Azerbaijan. She noted that she wrote a proposal for this. But she could not start her project because she’s in Tbilisi now for studying at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)/Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management .

Her immediate plan is to learn all sides of journalism well. But her general aim is to be a foreign correspondent.