Integrated support to financially disadvantaged family businesses in rural areas by means of custom-designed online farming and small business instruments.
Need for support for income generation initiatives for disadvantaged families and isolated communities mainly in the rural areas of Plovdiv/Pazardzhik regions and also, nationally, by developing our custom-designed Land Program and applying an Integrated Model for Entrepreneurship Support.
Includes families who: (1) do not possess sufficient assets for ensuring a stable and continuous income; (2) are willing to take risks in running their own business; (3) have a desire to become independent business developers by acquiring the resources necessary.
The concept of its main programme is to provide self-motivated individuals and their families with integrated support for acquiring land and working capital in combination with specialized training and continuous on-the-ground and online professional agricultural and small business development consultations. In the long term, this increases their chances for access to loans from financial institutions and access to national and EU programmes that support business development. The Model consists of two main components: 1/development of human potential (that enables to develop skills for effective use of resources) and 2/access to tangible assets (that helps families accumulate assets). Both applied in parallel. Specialized consultations on the spot (learning by doing) and online are the most actively used tools of the model
Financially supported by NGOs: America for Bulgaria Foundation and Trust for Social Achievement.
The most important resource is the people involved in the development and running of the programme. The Foundation manages its own revolving fund of approximately 120 000€.
A digital tool, available at the foundation web-site (technological maps, business plan template, information for RDP).
Evidence of success
Up to 2018 the Land Source of Income model has supported more than 170 families in Plovdiv and Pazardzhik area and 5 partner organizations which disseminated our programme in other areas of Bulgaria supporting additional 77 families.
For 2013 the Land Programme has been awarded the CAP Communication Awards – Innovative communication Winners 2013.
Beneficiaries: more than 170 families from the rural areas of Plovdiv district.
Potential for learning or transfer
It has been already disseminated in 5 regions of Bulgaria, where 5 independent organizations involved in supporting low-income disadvantaged communities are implementing it on a regional basis.
The Foundation has developed targeted training tools for organizations who want to implement its models.