Many years ago, Shinuhayr was one of the most developed communities in the Syunik region, thanks to the village shoe factory where more than 800 local and adjacent communities worked. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the plant was closed and as a result many residents of the community emigrated to the Russian Federation. Shinuhayr and adjacent communities are mainly based on agriculture. The most common is sheep breeding, but the main part of wool, not having the consumption markets, is considered as waste.
By the initiative of the Women’s Development Resource Center Foundation in 2014, theWool to Carpet Social Enterprise was set up in Shinuhayr community with the goal of creating jobs for socially vulnerable women, thus contributing to the development of the economy. Through this initiative, the wool, which is considered to be a waste, is being recycled, becoming a product of market demand. 15 women from Shinuhayr community work in the “Wool Rope” workshop. The factory has 4 main directions: wool processing, threading, carpet making and souvenir sales. Woolen thread is 100% natural raw material, ecologically clean, without chemical additives. The old traditional ornaments are being restored in the workshop, both traditional and modern designs are made of carpets and souvenirs