Several factors hold back the job creation processes in segregated regions. There is no proper infrastructure or roads, lack of professional qualifications, and the level of criminalization within these regions is high. The skills which are necessary to have a job are missing and most of the parents in these communities have part-time or illegal work. In addition, most have not received an adequate education or job training from school either and therefore cannot teach these skills to their children. This is one of the biggest dangers that creates a circle of habits, which makes the situation worse.
That is why we are very focused in this area, because our developments are useless if these people do not have a chance to try their skills in the workforce. Currently, we are in the wonderful position of providing 5 full-time jobs and more than 30 part-time jobs in the community of Told.
We believe that the final results, the real products of Real Pearl, are the qualified employees who have the motivation, opportunity, and power to break out of extreme poverty.
“Creating Opportunities for Integration”
This project started in April 2013 with the support of Swiss-Hungarian NGO Block Grant and lasted 2 years. With this project we focused on competency development. With 10 people we organized a non-accredited adult education program to develop basic reading-writing skills.
Moreover, we hosted a computer literacy class for 30 people. The age group was wide—with students ranging from 16 to 52 years old. It was a necessary step because the young participants did not receive sufficient knowledge regarding this in school and the older ones did not learn it at all. In addition to this we made it possible for 20 families to learn about gardening in the community garden of Told. This improved their gardening abilities, concentration, and the ability to be responsible for the conditions of the garden.
Liveable Village Program
In 2013 we educated the people of Told to learn more about chemical-free farming with the help of Tandem. We taught basic skills necessary to find a decent job such as writing a curriculum vitae, how to use the internet, legal and communication skills and more. During this program families were also involved in raising awareness of the impacts of what affect children.
Get Involved And Learn
This project started in 2013 and we continued to work with individuals and their families. Children also received seeds in order to learn the basics of agriculture in their own garden.
The Warmth of Home
Supported by the NCTA (Norway Grants to strengthen Hungarian NGO’s) our local employees at Told received an education regarding the field of joinery skills and received thermal insulation training for doors and windows too. Moreover, they learned to make simple wooden boxes and photo frames. This whole process is the basis of our Szuno social enterprise.
Szuno started in 2013. Szuno is a Romani word which means dream and this mission at first seemed like a dream. Our goal was to create jobs in the disrupted and heterogeneous community that would help uneducated and unmotivated people be able to have decent jobs and support themselves and their families.
The starting point was to find the strongest motivation and the center of Szuno products which were the drawings of children learning in our Art School.
First of all we taught the women in the community of Told how to do embroidery and then to embroider their children’s drawings. Later, with the support of the Open Society Foundation we taught women to work with sewing machines and to create simple textile pieces.
Today Szuno is not a dream anymore but a reality that has many products. Workers participating in the program produce embroidered boxes, embroidered textile products, home furnishing products and home textiles, glass icons, kites, note pads, and laptop bags. The work is lead by a social designer.
In 2018 Szuno can enter the market as an independent brand.
Amari is a Romani word which means “Ours”. This is the brand of our agricultural products such as handcrafted jams and juices. The ingredients of these products are primarily grown in our community garden. Beside herbs and vegetables the rosehips and sloe that grow in the neighborhood wild and in large quantities also provide copious stock for the project: our excellent homemade jams are made from the former.
We developed the infrastructure for several years and we received a second hand tractor, permanent frames and other necessary tools. After developing the recipes we built a small processing plant, and we followed the strict quality control system called HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points).
We would like to thank Badur Foundation and the fundraising platform called adjukossze.hu for making this enterprise possible. After we had met every expectation we started to produce our Amari products in July 2016 and ever since we have continuously broadened our product list.
The aim of our briquette program is to help the families in extreme poverty by providing high quality fuel for a decent price during Winter. Moreover it would eliminate the pollution which comes from burning plastics, paper. Last but not least it’s a legal option compared to the stealing of timber to create heat, which is quite common in poor regions.
This development was started by a talented industrial ecologist, Nóra Feldmár in 2012. The project received two international prizes: the main prize of Unruhe Privatstiftung SozialMarie as a social innovation and the Social Integration Prize of Erste Foundation in 2013.
She did not use briquette but biobriquette which is an environmentally friendly fuel made from fibers of plant origin. Unlike large industrial production this can be made in a community or by a family with lower costs without any machines.
However the calorific value of the biobriquette made in Told was low. It left behind a lot of ashes so the families had to use more therefore it could not compete with the timber or other heating options.
That’s why we needed to build a small briquette plant in Told which would make it easier to produce a more valuable form of briquette with high calorific value. We started this project in 2018.
- Improved work ethic
- More predictable life skills
- Improved social and communication skills and cooperative engagement
- Many colleagues express desire for knowledge/education (two of our colleagues plan to finish high school)
- More and more colleagues are working with us as a full-time or part-time employee