Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms

by AO Katalyst
Play Video
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms
Moldova Food Business Incubator & EcoVillage Farms

Summary

Entrepreneurs will be able start or grow a food business by renting a shared commercial kitchen by the hour, or as part-time residents. Members who already have specialized equipment can rent to others, offsetting ownership costs. Access to shared professional services such as financial planning, legal or graphic design will allow them to focus on what they love most - product development, engaging customers, telling their story.

$10,400
total goal
$2,400
remaining
91
donors
1
monthly donor
1
year

Challenge

It was recently announced that approximately 1/7th of Moldova's population emigrated over the last two years. That's a big hit. A common destination these days are the fields and factories of Europe, because those skills are still strong in Moldova. For the last 7 years we have been working with small producers. We hear time and time again that hurdles to starting a food business are heavy bureaucracy, capital investments, workforce, marketing and supply chain management.

Solution

In order to help small food businesses grow, diversify, and become more profitable, we propose a shared kitchen. Incubators like these stimulate innovation by offering specialized equipment and networking with other food entrepreneurs. So far, nothing like this exists in Moldova. For the IT, tech and knowledge sectors there are accelerators, hubs and co-working spaces, but for agriculture and food there are only consulting services, visiting experts and micro-grants.

Long-Term Impact

The idea of a shared kitchen space has been around for quite a while. What's unique in our case is the approach we'll take to adapt it to local needs, resources and culture. We've been using participatory and reflexive methods in our work over the last 10 years. What this means is we tend to invest more of our effort in the people and processes, letting results take on a life of their own. Our site is a long-abandoned tobacco drying facility. In 2 years we'll be certified organic!

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

Organization Information

AO Katalyst

Location: Chisinau - Moldova, Republic of
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Katalyst_K_MD
Project Leader:
Valeria Svart-Groger
Chisinau, Moldova, Republic of
$8,000 raised of $10,400 goal
 
127 donations
$2,400 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

AO Katalyst has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.