Tamar Gviniashvili cultivates grapes and other fruits on her land in the Lamiskana village of Shida Kartli region of Georgia.
Along with other farmers in Lamiskana, she will now be able to transport produce to lucrative city markets more quickly, thanks to newly-rehabilitated secondary and local roads in the area.
“The new road has helped us so much because now ten minutes are enough to get to the nearby town of Igoeti. Previously, we needed one hour. The new road means we have fresher produce to sell at market,” says Gviniashvili.
The renewed roads in Georgia are part of a government road rehabilitation project supported by the World Bank.
The project aims to improve local connectivity and travel time, and help Georgia progress in selected areas including agriculture, infrastructure, and tourism, with the hope that this will spur jobs.
In Lamiskana, the project includes renewing roads, which lead to some of the area’s potentially-rich tourist sites and museums housing exhibits about the region’s history.