Georgia, even in poverty, suits him just perfectly

By Lilit Nurijanyan
Brosse Street Journal
Tuesday, February 21 2012

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""""""""Every day at 10 a.m., 57-year-old Nodar Lazviashvili smokes his first cigarette, opens the door of the dark, underground shoe store on Rustaveli Avenue, lights the electric heater and turns on the copy machine. This is where he earns his living.
Lazviashvili is an architect by profession. Now his work is to make Xerox copies. Nodar does not blame the government and the president because his career failed. Until 2002, he was working in a big company where he was the chief of construction. In 2002 he had heart surgery and after that, he was unable to work for four years.
After recovering, Lazviashvili couldn't find a job in the architectual sphere anymore.
“Lots of good changes we have got after Rose Revolution: there is no corruption now, rules and laws are working, the country is developing. But country doesn't need me. I'm already old,” Lazviashvili says.
His two children are married now. He lives with his wife, who is a school teacher. Every month they have hard time paying utility bills. But he has the strong belief that life will be better each year in Georgia.
''Anyway, I would better live in Georgia with one lari in my pocket, that with a million in any other place. I love my country,'' Lazviashvili says.

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