Journo Birds in Moldova

Surviving winter, granny-style


Last winter was the hardest, and the scariest Moldovans have seen for a long time. How did they survive? We knocked on doors to find out.

Around 60 percent of the people fell into energy poverty, according to the UNDP report.

Heating homes

Alexandru and Veronica Rusu’s beautiful house in Dondusei district in the North of Moldova.
Veronica Rusu shared her granddaughter’s favorite food with us — pancakes!

We drank hot tea in a warm room and couldn’t ask for more.


Pickled food

We attempted to refuse a jar of strawberry jam from Galina Bodarev.

Cooking and Baking

Valentina’s cellar. Cellars used to be built by friends and family coming together.
Everything is getting pickled in the autumn! Even watermelon.
Valentina Savca and Angela Bejenari have been friends for 40 years.
Angela Bejenari travels over 300 km to the capital weekly to sell her produce at the organic market.

What exactly happened last winter?

Iulian Groza is the director of the Institute for European Policies and Reforms in Moldova.

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