Young Entrepreneurs Support Businesses Started by Persons with Disabilities

Thursday, June 13, a group of Moldovan entrepreneurs donated MDL 8,000 for small businesses to be developed by two human services: Hansca Community Home and Orhei Supported Living. The donations were made during the Summer Entrepreneurship School organized by Rural Investment and Services Project II (RISP II), funded by the World Bank and the Swedish Government, jointly with European Business Association Moldova and Women Entrepreneurs’ Association Moldova.

“Such manner of fundraising is new for Moldova”, says Mariana Rufa, Executive Manager, EBA Moldova. “I got the idea while studying certain experiences from abroad. Our Association helps develop entrepreneurial thinking through workshops held for young business owners. There is also another long term product we want to create with these trainings. Hopefully, the money donated by young entrepreneurs will help build new businesses and generate other money.”

All summer school participants donated money, each driven by their own personal reasons.

“I was motivated by the fact that there are such organizations helping people with disabilities develop their own businesses and improve their lives”, said Nadejda Hamîc, a shopping mall manager.

Rita Pînzaru, manager of a beauty parlor, mentioned: “I don’t know the people I donated money to personally, but I’m doing a good deed and it makes me feel good, too.”

The donations are meant to support a rabbit farm built by four young men from Orhei Supported Living and a quail farm run by the beneficiaries and support staff of Hansca Community Home in the district of Ialoveni. The farms are developed within the Small Business Incubator Program created by Keystone Moldova jointly with Winrock Moldova and funded by Open Society Foundations / Mental Health Initiative. Young entrepreneurs collected MDL 4,000 for each of the two businesses.

“We will use this money to buy a power generator and a climatizer”, said Maria Josu, teaching psychologist at Hansca Community Home. “Our goal is to give the young men in the service a steady job. It is important for them to know one should get up every morning and go to work and then, at the end of each month, get remunerated”, she added.

In his turn, Ion Digori, coordinator of Orhei Supported Living, mentioned they intended to use the donated money to buy high breed rabbits. “Besides financial aid, this training also gave us relationships with three business partners who got interested in buying rabbit meat”, he said.

The training brought together 25 entrepreneurs from all over the country, each of them with up to 5 years in business. They exchanged experience, gained new knowledge and met people who could become their future partners. “The main goal of the training is to allow people who have already succeeded in marketing, accounting and legal aspects to share their practices with starting entrepreneurs as well as businesspersons with 5 to 10 years of experience. Another great advantage is that entrepreneurs develop a communication, social and business network – find partners and build contacts with facilitators. Later this connection will become stronger through specific partnerships”, said Mariana Rufa.

Persons acting as training facilitators were delegated by Nicolae Dumitrescu Academy, BCR Chișinău, Mobiasbanca – Groupe Societe Generale S.A., Țurcan Cazac Law Firm, Coca Cola Bottlers Chișinău, Profsystem, Moldovan German Association for Economic Development and GITANA Winery. Each of them shared their companies’ experiences and practices with the audience, mentioning the specific marketing and promotion, legal and accounting aspects learned by them.

“This training gives business owners the opportunity to learn new things, improve their business-related knowledge and build new relationships. Moreover, such training events contribute to personal development and enhance motivation”, declared Olga Sainciuc, Deputy Director of the Consolidated Agricultural Projects Management Unit for World Bank funded projects.

Many participants mentioned they enjoyed the training and were looking forward to applying the newly acquired knowledge and ideas.

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