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Social and work integration through the production of children’s clothes in Bulgaria

14 February 2013 [ English ] français ]

The cooperative Chernomorka (Lady from the Black Sea in Bulgarian), active in the retail sector, will be one of the enterprises present in the European Forum and Fair on Social Entrepreneurship to be held from 21st to 24th March 2013 in Bulgaria. The cooperative was created in 1950 in the region of Burgas, in southeast Bulgaria, upon the initiative of people injured in the war. Now it integrates 60 workers, about 57% are persons with disabilities. Its objective is to provide social and work integration to people with disabilities.

The main activity of the cooperative is the production of baby and children’s clothes, setting the beginning of a new production line of baby and children’s clothes in 2002 and creating new jobs for persons in disadvantaged positions thanks to the cooperative reserves.

Last year members from Chernomorka participated in the Fair of Social Enterprises and Cooperatives of Persons with Disabilities which gave the opportunity to have several meetings and make business contacts with Bulgarian and international companies, traders and visitors. “By participating, we reinforce our market concerns about children’s clothing and we usually make significant sales”, said a representative from Chernomorka.

CECOP encourages European cooperatives working in the field of social cooperatives to participate as exhibitors. It also includes a European Conference “Social Entrepreneurship – a Basis for Sustainable Growth” on 21st March. For more information and details, please contact Petia Atanasova, from NUWPC, the National Union of Worker Producers’ Co-operatives of Bulgaria: uniontpk@uniontpk.com.

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