Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand to 15-year-old Gigi Antadze – a street vendor with cerebral palsy.
Gigi has been selling fruits, juices and snacks on the central street in Tbilisi, Rustaveli Avenue for three years in order to help his family. He started the business himself and it was an additional source of income for his family.
At the age of 8, he started walking in the streets with so-called “walker,” a tool for disabled or elderly people who need additional support to maintain balance or stability while walking. Gradually, he got acquainted with the whole Rustaveli Avenue, the central street of Tbilisi. After training hard, Gigi was able to walk using the walking stick and started street trading in front of his house. Since then, he has been working very hard every day.
When Tbilisi Mayor learned about the little boy with cerebral palsy, having his own source of income, he ordered the employees of Tbilisi City Hall to help the teenager to continue his business, since due to the changes in the law he would not be able to sell his products on the street anymore.
Accordingly, Tbilisi City Hall gifted Gigi his own food stand in Mziuri Park, located in central Vake district of Tbilisi, Chavchavadze Street #21, where he will be able to continue selling fresh juices and other products.
According to Kakha Kaladze, the representatives of Tbilisi City Hall have built the little booth for Gigi, because they wanted to help in developing his small business.
“Most importantly, Gigi is happy and satisfied with this decision,” said Kaladze. He wished Gigi good luck in his business and expressed willingness to to help him again in the future.