Aigerim (Aiko) Zhomartova

SUSI 2015

After months of dedication, Aiko succeeded in her campaign to establish a free second-hand shop for people in need in her hometown. After writing multiple letters to city administrators , they finally opened a commission shop in the market in early 2016. Now community members can gather and donate lightly-used toys, clothes and other items they no longer need and anyone who needs something can come and take it home for free. In order to establish the shop, Aiko purchased second-hand clothes to increase the inventory and took out advertisements. The shop is called "THANK YOU!"

photo from Aigerim Zhomartova's project
Aiko in her second-hand shop called "Thank You!".


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