Every morning in Tbilisi begins with cold, fresh air. The sun comes up over the mountains and warms the city. It’s not easy to get up early and feel coldness in the street until the sun heats the city.

 Larisa Ivanovna, 58, heavy and with short, fair hair, feels the morning coldness of Tbilisi every day. She’s a newspaper seller on Rustavelli Avenue, and her workday starts at 7 a.m.   

  Ivanovna is Russian by nationality, but she also speaks perfect Georgian. She says she never worked anywhere until becoming a newspaper seller 5 years ago, when her husband died.

“I was a housewife, before this job, but after my husband died I was obliged to work to make a living,” says Ivanovna.

  Every day Ivonovna leaves her work spot at 8 p.m.  She has two children but she lives alone. Now she is looking forward to getting to the pension age, 60. Although Ivanovna doesn’t like her job, she is not thinking to give it up when she reaches age 60. She says pensioners get just 70 lari per month.  Ivanovna thinks  this  money wouldn’t be enough for her to live.