Project #22304

Training 50 adults in the poorest area of Bulgaria

by Phoenix Inspire


Phoenix Inspire will teach and develop valuable pastry, bakery and service skills to disadvantaged young adults through a social enterprise in north west Bulgaria. The young adults will learn and understand how to make a wide range of quality food products and how to serve customers correctly so that when they leave the training program they will have the necessary skills 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.


Phoenix Inspire offers to train unemployed young adults to become basic pastry chefs, bakers and food service personnel. The one year training program will include skill development and underpinning knowledge. In our social enterprise, trainees practice and hone their skills under the guidance of professionals. The trainees will work a full week and be paid appropriately, thus preparing them for future employment. This program aims to break the cycle of poverty & despair.

Long-Term Impact

This long term sustainable project will train as many as 50 young adults. After completing the Phoenix Inspire training program, it is virtually guaranteed that each adult 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
Phoenix Inspire's Facebook page
Phoenix Cafe & Bakery Facebook page

Organization Information

Phoenix Inspire

Location: Novo Selo - Bulgaria
Project Leader:
Scott Bleiweis
Vidin, Bulgaria
$7,432 raised of $25,000 goal
83 donations
$17,568 to go
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