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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Georgia

Johnny McRae, Republic of Georgia, Peace Corps Volunteer
Johnny is a business and social entrepreneurship Peace Corps volunteer. He works as a marketing consultant for a Georgian winery and with a local tourism company. His company works on finding ways to tell the world about the distinctive wine native to a land of rich soil, festive song and dance, and unrivaled hospitality.

Lili Useinashvili, Tbilisi, Georgia
Growing up in Kakheti, the eastern part of Georgia well-known for its wine production, Lili has been exposed to Georgia’s ancient wine tradition for her entire life. As a young girl she often helped her grandfather on his vineyard. She worked in marketing for the Corporation Kindzmarauli winery and is currently studying business administration. Her experiences have also led her into work with the Peace Corps.