Reform Fund Linked to the
Inclusion of Roma and other Vulnerable Groups

SEDF project

Economic Empowerment through Social Businesses in Grădinari is a project implemented by a Consortium led by Social Economy Development Foundation and aims at developing social economy entities in Grădinari in order to improve the living conditions of the local residents.

Project’s title

Economic Empowerment through Social Businesses in Gradinari

Executive agency

Social Economy Development Foundation

Partners on Line 2

Heart to Heart, Sweden

The Town Hall from Grădinari

The Federation of Employers from Oltenia

Project locality: Gărdinari, Olt county

Value of Swiss co-financing: CHF 299’599

Duration: 01.03.2016 - 30.11.2018

Goal: To empower the Roma people from Grădinari (who live in poverty) to improve the living conditions in their community by higher capitalizing of the vegetables they grow locally.

Overall objective

To increase by the end of the project with at least 20% the added value of the products the Roma farmers from Grădinari are selling.

To extend the market through increasing local associability of the farmers from Grădinari legalizing their businesses (as cooperatives or other business structures able to sign trade contracts and to issue required trade documents) appealing at the retailers' CSR policy to contract their vegetables in favourable conditions.

To extend the validity period of the products by refrigerated storage.

To salvage the huge quantities of unsold vegetables by processing/pickling them.

Components: Economic empowerment



Results obtained in 2017

In mid-2017 the EA finalised the building upgrade and instalment of the initial production line. This represented an important milestone in starting the activity of the cooperatives: 9,321 jars of vegetables were processed and sold, 9 tons were pickled, 30 tons were stored in the cold rooms and one contract was sold, committing to provide 14 tons of vegetables.

Results obtained in 2016

In 2016, the EA has focused on three main aims: (a) to legally create two functional cooperatives of vegetables’ producers and vegetables’ processors, (b) to identify the location which is to host the vegetables’ processing factories and upgrade the respective location in order to abide with the legal provisions and to serve the project’s objectives and (c) to assist the co-operators in improving their techniques of vegetables production. 


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