New Semey Store Accepts Payments in the Form of ‘Thank You ’


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ASTANA – A new store has opened in Semey where certain customers don’t need money to make a purchase.

The store called “All for Thanks” allows residents of Semey to purchase items simply by saying the words, “thank you,” reported on Jan. 23. The opportunity to get things for free is available only to certain categories of people – people with low income, large families and orphans. Semey’s public organisations, enjoying the direct support of the local akimat (city administration), are the initiators of the opening of this unique commercial facility.

“We were supported by entrepreneurs, the Association of Business Women, Public Association Istok, Family Centre and Women of Education Funds. Each of us surely owns things that we do not need, that are just laying around with no use. At the same time, someone out there would find them very useful. We are now able to bring them to the store, and here someone might come and, so to speak, buy it for a ‘thank you’,” said Deputy Mayor of Semey Nadezhda Sharova.

In total, the city plans to open three such shops. Here, at no charge, a variety of things will be accepted from citizens, ranging from children’s clothes to consumer items. However, this does not mean everything will be accepted. The organisers are going to choose things that can really be useful to buyers.

“The items must be very clean. We will also look after hygiene in things. We will be accepting old and new things that are out of fashion. Both children’s and adult clothing and shoes. Perhaps, vendors will give us some of their merchandise from their stores for free,” shared Chairman of the Association of Business Women in Semey Ainur Argynbekova. “Just ‘thank you’ is all it takes to not make the people feel humiliated.”

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