The Roma is the vulnerable group living at risk of social exclusion and poverty. The main reason for this is the low incomes. Strategy for Integration of Roma in Bulgaria (2012- 2020) provides employment programs for Roma that are not effective and no change their economic status. The most vulnerable group in the labor market among the Roma population is the youth and woman. Blagoevgrad is the region on second stage in the country with biggest number of unemployed young Roma (Ministry of labor and social policy, BG, 2015). The limited social contacts and isolation, access to information, fail to find work, not registered in the labor office, distrust in institutions are some of reasons that Roma youth and woman no have income. However, some of them have business ideas but in most cases they are realized in the informal economy.
In the both places where project is implementing – Blagoevgrad (BG) and Kochani (MK) , the problem of unemployment among the Roma, and particularly among young people and women is very hard. Both municipalities have lack of the training opportunities for Roma in the field of entrepreneurship and start business. The project motivate and increase interest among young people and women to became economically independent and start own business.
Aim of the project