Success stories

It all began in Rome with a cup of delicious, rich espresso. Sandro Beridze and Maka Komakhidze ­­– a young Georgian couple – became so fascinated with the culture and variety of Italian coffee drinking that they decided to bring part of it back to their homeland. It was the early 2000s and the coffee industry had yet to be developed back home. Georgian coffee lovers were not sufficiently...
EBRD and EU help Georgian wine makers expand at home and abroad
Georgia
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Autumn is the busiest season of the year in Kakheti, the main wine-making region of Georgia . Early in the morning farmers and their families rush to the vineyards to pluck ripe grapes from the vine, while trucks deliver the fruit to processing factories. The harvest is a time for both hard work and celebration for everyone in rural areas, including Valerian Feikrishvili. “I have been working in...
Tekla Mamageishvili
“Leonardo da Vinci was one of the first to describe, with almost complete precision, the anatomy of the eye and optical system in the 15th century. He is perceived as the biggest innovator in modern science, and not only in science,” Tekla Mamageishvili, Director of a Tbilisi-based eye clinic, explains when asked about the name of her company. Tekla is sure that her Da Vinci Clinic will become a...
Manana Chqareuli
Georgia
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“I’ll never forget the moment I realised that I needed to hire more people. And that with the help of EFSE, I could.” Ever since she can remember, Manana Chqareuli has loved sewing. Friends, family, neighbours – whoever needed a rip repaired, a patch sewn on, a hem taken in, or some other alteration, would always find Manana thread and needle in hand. “I can’t really explain what it is, I just...
Irina Gloveli, director of the Tech Engineering Group
The Tech Engineering Group is one of the companies in Georgia that received support from the 'Women in Business’ programme, implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with support from the European Union, among other donors. Irina Gloveli, who became the director of the company in 2017, shortly before this support arrived, says it is difficult, though not...
Tamara Chigogidze, founder and CEO of Georgia’s Radio Holding Fortuna
Tamara Chigogidze, founder and CEO of Georgia’s Radio Holding Fortuna, the country’s largest radio broadcasting company, has always believed in the importance of the media in shaping an inclusive society. “I believe that if we recognise the role that mass media can play in promoting an inclusive society, then we as a broadcaster must also use our opportunities to leverage our network and our...
Cherie LLC has received support from EU4Business
With funding from the European Union under its EU4Business initiative, the EBRD has helped a Georgian coffee producer increase competitiveness by introducing operational and internal quality management standards. Many of us cannot imagine starting a day without a cup of strong and aromatic coffee: the morning pick-me-up gives just the right energy boost and sets us up for a productive day. While...
Dadari toys
Dadari in Tbilisi is much more than just a toy company. Out of the firm’s seven employees, three have learning disabilities. All of the firm's products comply with EU standards. The toys are made from solid wood and painted in organic colours. Dadari was able to expand its business after obtaining 25,000 Georgian Lari - just over €8,000 - from Credo Bank. The mircrofinance was made possible,...
The Hotel Prometheus in Tskaltubo
In Georgia, there is a saying that guests are a divine gift, a saying reflected in the country’s reputation for hospitality. Indeed, Georgia is increasingly on the radar for tourists from all over the world, with beautiful mountains and seaside, a cosmopolitan capital, delicious food and 8,000 years of wine-making tradition. “Tourism is booming in Georgia and it is very important to welcome...
Boxwood is one of the 11 companies that have come together with the aim of creating a unified cooperation platform of companies operating in Georgia’s ICT sector. George Keshelashvili, Executive Partner at Boxwood, believes this type of cooperation will be beneficial, both for the companies involved and the ICT sector as a whole, as the cluster will make it possible to address common challenges...