First prize won by our SISES social entrepreneurship project, at the 2017 Structural Funds Gala in Bucharest

By 4 January 2018 No Comments

The “Integrated Support to Social Economy Structures – SISES“ project won First Prize in the “Small-Scale Financing for Large-Scale Impact” section, at the 2017 Structural Funds Gala.

The event took place in Bucharest, in December, where 129 other projects competed to win the 8 contest sections. The Gala’s aim was to evaluate projects funded by the European Union (and and other sources) that have generated impact and are examples of good practice. Three prizes were awarded to each section, the big winners being rewarded with a study visit to the European Commission provided by the European Commission Representation in Romania.

“I have a sense of satisfaction because the work done through this project is appreciated. The most important thing is that 53 people can offer their families a better living and a safer future due to our project. In the future, we aim to support the social economy structures network we have created, by helping these businesses reach the next level”, says project coordinator Carmen Ciobanu.

The SISES project took place over a single year and had a budget of two million euros. Nine social enterprises were established and a number of 53 jobs were created, mostly for people belonging to vulnerable environments. The people addressed by this project benefited from a program of counseling and courses in the field of social economy, which had a number of 66 graduates.

Find out more about the event here.