main objective of the project is to develop the crafts as an alternative
to poverty reduction.
region has a mixed population and very high unemployment rate -
18% for 1999. The Muslim women traditionally can weave, knit and
embroider. If enriched with new skills and experience, this ability
could become an income-generating source. The project aims to revive
and preserve the traditional techniques and to expand the self-esteem
of the Muslim women.
target group is the long - term unemployed, badly educated Muslim
women, who are willing to acquire new skills.
The main activities include: creating of marketing strategy
for crafts development, motivation training, "Start your own business"
training, printing of promotional materials (full color catalogue
of the crafts), creating a web page and organizing a crafts fair
and follow-up activities. The duration of the project is 12 months.
a marketing strategy for development of the crafts in the region
Handicrafts Fair in Sofia - 6-8.12.2000, participating 20 craftswomen
from Gotse Delchev, Bresnitsa, Ablanitsa, Debren, Ribnovo, Ognianovo,
Satovcha and presented the products of 60 craftswomen
research for the handicrafts products, summary of the results
business training for the women from Bresnitsa, Ribnovo, Dolno
Drianovo, Ablanitsa, Satovcha
women from 4 municipalities trained on starting own business and
developing their skills in participation in fairs ·
a color catalog of the crafts in the region
a crafts web-site · New handicrafts products developed
of the Muslim women in the social and economical life in the region
and development of the traditional handicrafts
project is supported by the program Phare of the EU through the
Civil Society Development Foundation