The goal of every social enterprise is to permanently and systematically transform an unfair societal condition. When successful, social enterprises can truly elevate the lives of their targeted recipients. And it is no wonder that the number of social enterprises is growing worldwide. Interestingly, the idea of social entrepreneurship is still not very common in the Balkan region.
In many economically disadvantaged areas, work is hard to come by. It is even more difficult for women to find jobs, while for those further marginalized by society - it can be near impossible.
Recently, the Belgrade-based design brand Folkk has emerged. It connects traditional Serbian craftsmen from rural areas with emerging designers in order to create contemporary homeware products.
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The artisans who were chosen to create Folkk’s products are not only selected based on their skill level, but also by the very nature of their workshops. All makers are either small, struggling family businesses or social collectives that offer strong support to marginalized groups in their communities. One example is Women’s Center Užice, which aims to empower jobless women, providing them with work and skills development.
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Women’s Center Užice supports the local community of women, employing those who have either been let go as ‘redundant’ from their workplace, or have a partial disability, which makes it harder to find other work. The collective works to strengthen their self-confidence, economically empower them and engage them in exercising their rights and independence. Through providing these women with stable and fair compensation for their work, Folkk helps the collective further its goals, as well as empower each member individually.