Since 2005 in support of disadvantaged women in Sofia the social enterprise “Rozhdestvo Hristovo” has been functioning at the Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration of “Caritas Sofia”. The Center bears the same name (“Rozhdestvo Hristovo”). Felt and textile souvenirs are manufactured in the social enterprise by hand with custom design.
The social enterprise provides for a supportive environment and gives disadvantaged women the opportunity to be included in the work activities of manufacturing of souvenirs and helps them build, develop and restore work skills, work habits and responsibility while at the same time receive financial support for the work done. Another goal of the enterprise is to provide earnings by the sales of the manufactured souvenirs. These earnings are then reinvested in the maintenance of the social center that provides for a complex support of disadvantaged women and their children.
The souvenirs manufactured in “Rozhdestvo Hristovo” are sold at bazaars, in art galleries, hotels, on site in the workshop as well as online.
For more information:
Lyudmila Balikova (Manager)
mob. phone: 0888 780 197
Starting from June 1st, 2018 in support of young people with disabilities and their parents in Sofia, has been functioning the social enterprise “CaritArt” at the “Blagoveshtenie” Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration of Children and Young People with Disabilities of “Caritas Sofia”.
“CaritArt” works in the field of applied arts and manufactures greeting cards for official and personal holidays. It creates hand-made cards on order under individual projects and offers cards, also by catalogue. It manufactures and prints popular cards with a cause with paintings of artists with disabilities. In this way the social enterprise shows society that there are talented and capable artists with rich inner worlds among young people with disabilities.
The goal of the social enterprise is by manufacturing and sale of unique cards to give young people with disabilities and their parents the opportunity to show their talents, to build and upgrade working and social skills, to become confident that they are needed by society and to receive financial support.
“CaritArt” carries out corporate and private orders for greeting cards and invitations for events, participates in creative bazaars, distributes the popular cards with a cause in the commercial network, cultural centers and other social places in Sofia.
The Social Enterprise at the “Blagoveshtenie” Center is implemented within the framework of the activity “ELBA 2: Development of the Social Economy in South-Eastern Europe“.
Starting from November 25th, 2018 in support of people in vulnerable situations in the town of Rakovski has been functioning the social enterprise “Caritas Workshop” at “Caritas Vitania”. In it hand soaps are manufactured by the method “melt and pour” as well as hand-made candles made by melting wax and casting it into molds.
“Caritas Workshop” provides an opportunity for work to people in vulnerable situations – people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, etc. The participation in the work activities and trainings, as well as the psychological and social support from the professional team helps people in vulnerable situations to acquire work experience, to restore their confidence and dignity, to feel satisfaction and significance and to overcome their social isolation.
The Social Enterprise of “Caritas Vitania” is implemented with the financial support of Operational Program “Human Resources Development”, co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.
For more information:
Ventsislav Chavdarov (Director)
phone.: 0895 847 448
For vulnerable groups of people in Sofia there is a bistro “Caristo” of Caritas Sofia, offering delicious traditional food. The social enterprise enables people in a vulnerable situation to improve their professional skills and earn income.
Address: Sofia, 45, Hristo Smirnenski Blvd.
Tel .: 098 835 8588
Social farming: in the town of Rakovski, Caritas Vitania is engaged in social and entrepreneurial activity related to planting of crops and their cultivation. The collected funds from the production are used for the activities of Caritas Vitania in support of vulnerable groups of people.
During 2019, 54 people participated in the activities of Caritas social enterprises. The following social enterprises operate in the Caritas network in Bulgaria: