This social enterprise cafe and employment center will provide Georgian refugees from the 2008 South Ossetian War with professional training and income generation opportunities. Two women from Tserovani Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Settlement will be employed at the cafe. Art by IDP craftsmen will be displayed and sold in the cafe and food supplies will be procured from local farmers. The training room will provide professional skills trainings for local youth and host cultural events.
In 2008, the Georgian residents of the South Ossetia region were forced from their homes as the region was plunged into war. The Tserovani settlement is home to over 6,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are struggling to overcome economic disadvantage and social disconnect. Women and youth are particularly affected by this flagging social and socioeconomic situation. There are limited employment and training opportunities, as well as a lack of motivation.
A social enterprise cafe and training room will simultaneously address the lack of professional skills training and employment opportunities, while also rebuilding the social network within the community. In support of the local economy, supplies will be sourced locally, IDP artists can display and sell their merchandise, and work experience opportunities will be available to youth. The training room will be used for academic and cultural presentations, as well as employability trainings.
The social enterprise cafe and training room will serve a community of more than 6,000 IDPs giving them a venue to address community issues and develop professional skills. In the first year, more than 25 local artists will be given a space to display and sell their work, more than 50 youth will receive professional training and gain work experience at the cafe. This project will improve the local economy and employment prospects for women and youth IDPs.