I’ve read a very inspiring story today about a young Armenian, raised in the States from the age of 9, who has purchased 112 hectares of land in the village of Bagaran and is planning to battle his way through the hassle of living and working in Armenia.
Pedro Zarokian, 33, had visited Armenia before and knew the move wouldn’t be easy – that he would have to fight for certain things. Pedro came prepared to do just that.
He had to pay 20 visits to 4 different customs offices, send public protests to customs officials, Armenia’s migration agency and the Diaspora Ministry to get his personal belongings to Armenia from the U.S. without paying a bribe. And he succeeded.
Now he is investing in the land he bought on the Armenian – Turkish border, where the young entrepreneur is planning to make a difference by introducing new farming methods and technologies.
Pedro also finds that working the land is calming and pleasurable, despite the difficulties involved. Pedro anticipates an income stream in 4-5 years.
“I am ready for any struggle. I follow the law and don’t pay bribes. I’ll take anyone to court, even government officials, who do anything illegal. I’ll resist whatever way I can. The more people play by the rules and demand justice from the courts, the entire judicial system will be forced to clean up its act,” Pedro says.
What a guy!!!