This is My Story – Jemal Bigvava

24/02/2021 Blog

2021 is a very special year for BlueOrchard as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Throughout 2021 we will be sharing with you some of the encouraging entrepreneurial stories, personal dreams, and insights into the lives of families around the globe who are struggling and fighting against adversity every single day. Our second story is about Jemal Bigvava.

Jemal Bigvava is the founder and owner of a business that produces and distributes medical plants and dried fruit.

Jemal, could you talk a bit more about how you came to start your own business?
My family and I used to live in Abkhazia and I worked as an engineer there for many years, until the territory was invaded by Russia in 2008 and a war broke out. We had to leave, and so we came to Georgia as refugees. When we first arrived here, we didn’t know anyone and had to live in a shed for quite some time.

I really struggled to support my family in the beginning – I couldn’t get a job as an engineer or find much work and I was very worried about our future. I decided to start drying various fruits and selling them at the local market across the street – I didn’t know much about the trade but learnt as much as I could from the internet.

Find the full interview and other 11 stories in our anniversary book “This is My Story”, available on Amazon. From more than 200 million individual stories over the past 20 years, This Is My Story uncovers the stories of twelve entrepreneurs from four continents, who put a small amount of money to work in a big way.