Interviewee ID: 990456
Parent's name: Pürev
Year of Birth: 1933
Notes on education:
Born in: Tsetserleg sum, Hövsgöl aimag
Lives in: Mörön sum (or part of UB), Hövsgöl aimag
Mother's profession: herder / wool sorter
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 091055A with Darmaa
Darmaa was born the second child of Pürevjav in 1941 in the place called Olon Zuraa in Tsetserleg sum, Hövsgöl. He has elementary education. He followed his mother to the Hatgal wool factory to work there. He worked as a wool separator at the wool factory and then went to the construction site of Ih Uul sum and trained to be an electrician.
The cultural campaigns meant getting rid of dirt, and people who used only to swim in the rivers, began to take hot baths. A hygiene inspection was carried out and the ger was checked for dirt. The people were educated through examinations and lectures and they had preventative inspections. It all had a positive impact on people’s life.
The privatization wasn't carried out successfully. Only those people who were administrators in official organizations got anything, and people lower down in the system didn’t get their share. They gave the pink and the blue coupons to the aimag stock exchange and then lost track of them, never receiving any benefit. But democracy gave the collectivized livestock to the herders.
In the socialist period, Chinese and mainly Inner Mongolians lived in Hövsgöl, and they grew vegetables and mostly worked in mud and clay (shavar shavhai) construction. But in Ih Uul sum, Russian specialists like plumbers, heating and electrical engineers came to work. The Russians tended to teach us everything, and then give us work.
Zavhan and Hövsgöl aimags imported all their goods from Russia.