Mountain Eco Kiss             Project
      
                                             

The Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs of Great Britain and North Ireland
DEFRA
British Embassy in Bulgaria

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"Mountain Eco Kiss" Project

       Mountain Eco Kiss Project looks for a solution for the problem with the high unemployment rate among women from ethnic and religious minorities and economically disadvantaged women by using the available natural resources of wild berries, which are of the highest quality.

Project Goal

       The main goal of the project is to develop new methods to decrease poverty by using the available natural resources of wild berries and mushrooms in an ecologically-friendly manner. .
             Objectives :

  • The creation of a Training and Production Center for processing technologies of wild berries and mushrooms
  • Stimulation of new businesses owned by local women connected to collecting and processing wild berries and mushrooms using ecologically-friendly methods
  • Training of young people in wild berry and mushroom harvesting and processing technology.
Target Groups
  • Women from ethnic and religious minorities (Romas, Wallachians and Muslims).
  • Economically disadvantaged women and children.
Main Project Activities
  • Reconstruction and furnishing of The Training and Production Center for Processing technologies of wild Berries and mushrooms;
  • Training sessions for the ecologically-friendly harvesting of wild berries and mushrooms;
  • Training sessions for the processing of wild berries and mushrooms;
  • Development of preserve samples as well as development of a marketing strategy for wild berries and mushroom preserves;
  • Organic certification of the wild berry and mushroom fields and their processing methods;
  • Creation of an organizational plan for the sale of wild berries and mushrooms;
  • Initiation of preserve micro-production.
Expected Results
  • Jobs for 60 women from the villages in the municipalities of Velingrad and Rakotovo and on additional source of income for their families.
  • Wild berry fields organically certified for the first time in Bulgaria
  • Developed and applied better technologies for preserve processing
  • Better utilization in an ecologically-friendly manner of available sources of wild berries
  • Created a Training and Production Center for training providing and development of new wild berry and mushroom interesting products
Project Partners
  • Velingrad Municipality
  • Vasil Levski Secondary School
  • Hristo Botev Technical Forestry School
For more information:
5 Vassil Aprilov Str. 4600 Velingrad, Bulgaria
Phone : +359 359 516 67
Phone/Fax: +359 359 512 67

E-mail:biostart@cbivel.org
WEB : http://biostart.cbivel.org

 

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