Social Business Incubator
Together with the RAE community, DRC established a Social Business Incubator in Roma Mahalla, Mitrovicë/a. The community played an active part in the construction which is reflected in the high degree of ownership and pride for the Incubator and its activities.
Unemployment, associated poverty and low GDP are among the most pressing problems in Kosovo.
The social and economic situation of members of the RAE community is particularly dire. With the lowest per capita income, highest frequency of extreme poverty and highest unemployment rates, the RAE are one of the most vulnerable groups in Kosovo society.
There is an urgent need to design and implement projects that strengthen the employability of vulnerable groups to prevent their long-term social exclusion. Improving literacy levels, skills and education in the RAE community and showcasing RAE business activity in the wider community to combat prejudice are DRC's main objectives.
The Incubator supplies subsidized work space to entrepreneurs and provides machinery and equipment for temporary use. This assists the businesses in the start-up phase, releasing finances for other uses that would otherwise have to be invested in machinery and equipment.
Apart from the physical infrastructure, mentoring is an integral part of the Business Incubator. To equip entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to run a business, DRC also provides trainings in business planning, market research and promotion techniques and facilitates the business registration process.
Preparatory Vocational Training Programme
Following an MoU signed with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, DRC’s Social Business Incubator in Roma Mahalla provided the infrastructure to offer preparatory vocational training courses to youth from Roma Mahalla and the Mitrovicë/a region. In close cooperation with the Regional Employment Centre (REC) Mitrovicë/a, DRC identified teachers and mentors to offer courses in:
· High/low construction
· Metal processing
So far 21 trainees attended trainings and got the opportunity to gain basic skills that will facilitate their further vocational education.
Certificates issued by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour for successful completion of the course enable current and future trainees to pursue more advanced vocational trainings in the future.