Training 20 Adults in the Poorest Area of Bulgaria

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Phoenix Inspire is a proactive charity based in Vidin. P.I. strives to teach and develop skills to disadvantaged young adults through two social enterprises in north west Bulgaria. By working and learning in one of these social enterprises our trainees will learn and understand how to make a wide range of food products and how to serve customers correctly so that when they leave the training program they will have the skills and knowledge to enable them to progress into employment.

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Bulgaria is the poorest country in Europe and Vidin is the poorest region in Bulgaria. With adult unemployment as high as 30%, with some areas even higher, too many young adults lack aspiration and ambition. As the state does not provide training opportunities, many turn to prostitution, begging and petty theft to sustain themselves. This cycle of despair will continue unless something is done. Training leads to skills, skills lead to employment, employment leads to money and a better life.


Our two social enterprise will train and develop disadvantaged young adults. The Masters' Larder will teach butchery and service skills. Phoenix Cafe and Bakery will develop pastry, baker and food service skill. Training develops skills and knowledge. The trainees will work a full week and be paid appropriately, thus preparing them for future employment. By working and learning at one of our social enterprises we aim to break the cycle of poverty. Skills and knowledge is the way out.

Long-Term Impact

This long term sustainable project will train as many as 20 young adults. We are 100% confident that each young adult that works within one of our social enterprises will have a better life. Their family and their children will see their future differently. This is a long term project to solve a historically debilitating issue. Applied 'live' learning, offered here, is a new concept particularly for Bulgaria. This project will stimulate a different method of teaching and training.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


TV report; see project doc for English translation
TV report about the making of a social enterprise
The Masters' Larder Facebook page
Phoenix Cafe & Bakery Facebook page

Organization Information

Phoenix Inspire

Location: Novo Selo - Bulgaria
Facebook: Facebook Page
Phoenix Inspire
Mick Cooper
Project Leader:
Mick Cooper
Vidin, Bulgaria

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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