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Social Enterprises

Through Social Entrepreneurship ASB in Georgia promotes the development of social services. ASB disseminates information about the range of services in the remote areas of Georgia that could be put in place and at the same time provides technical assistance to actually establish them. ASB encourages the establishment of Public-Private Social Partnerships.

We engage in dialogue with local populations on the one hand and with the local authorities and Social Service Agency (SSA) on the other. Gaps in social services and needs are assessed through conducting baseline studies. Within communities, we seek initiative groups to take the lead in establishing relevant and necessary services. They are provided with technical and financial assistance to establish social enterprises, start delivering the services and they develop bilateral working relations with local municipalities and SSA. ASB supports this cooperation and ensures that service delivery meets the quality standards, so as after the donor funding is exhausted enterprises can continue existence by selling their services to the local authorities and/or to the SSA. With such an approach ASB contributes to the overall objective of making social services accessible to local population.

Projects

Social Enterprises for IDPs in Georgia

Funded by the Bureau for Population, Refugee and Migration (BPRM) / US Department of States

Implemented by ASB Georgia and Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” (CHCA)

Six social service delivery enterprises were founded in 2016 under ASB’s social entrepreneurship support program:

Weekend School

Provides:

  • Cultural and educational programmes for youth;
  • Support for the integration of persons with disabilities;
  • Workplace for locals.

The weekend school in Tkviavi community serves 15 beneficiaries, including children with disabilities, who attend courses on computer programming, languages, dancing, singing and crafting. There is a special inclusive group for local youth with disabilities.

Preschool Educational Facility

Provides:

  • A free preschool facility for 30 children under 6, living in Berbuki IDP settlement;
  • Support for children in terms of education and developing social skills;
  • Workplace for locals.

Families of preschoolers in Berbuki IDP settlement cannot afford the transportation to the nearest city and back every day to take the children to preschools. This often left the children without preschool education. Community organization “Together We Can” created a beautiful kindergarten in the settlement in the building provided by the local municipality, which can provide services to 30 children.

Home without Borders

Offers the following services to older persons in Khurvaleti and nearby villages:

  • Homecare service for live-alone older persons who have health problems and difficulty in caring for themselves;
  • Day centre for those who can be transported into the centre three times a week. Aside from it being a place for socialization, they are offered basic healthcare, a hot meal and a shower;
  • All day and night shelter for the most at-risk persons living alone in very poor and unhealthy conditions.

The enterprise started by providing services to 20 beneficiaries, but after receiving support from the local municipality as well as other private donors, they are now able to serve 60 people. Aside from the enterprise, the centre has become one of the main places for socialization in Khurvaleti.

Repair and Restoration Workshop

Provides:

  • Repair and rehabilitation of damaged housing;
  • Training and job-placement of local restorers;
  • Workplace for six local people.

The aim of the enterprise “Liakhveli Ostatebi” is to offer a safe place to live for IDPs in Verkhvebi settlement and the maintenance of cultural and historical monuments in the conflict region.

Mobile Car Workshop

Project goal: Support people living in IDP settlements and buffer zones in agricultural activities by repairing their old equipment.

Principles of the mobile car workshop by “Mejuda 2015”:

  • The workshop is located in a minibus, able to travel from place to place as necessary;
  • Three people are employed;
  • Locals in target villages have the opportunity to have their agricultural equipment repaired for affordable prices and on site;
  • Anybody can receive the mobile service on the Igoeti-Khashuri stretch in less time and more cheaply than other options.

Ergneti Natural Cheese Production

Ergneti village is located on the Administrative Border Line (ABL) of South Ossetia. Tskhinvali is only several hundred meters away. Villagers have had their land confiscated and their pasture grounds reduced in size.

Project goal:

  • Support traditional farming;
  • Help locals;
  • Preserve the village;
  • Employment for five people.

In addition to helping people to create new enterprises, we also aimed to raise awareness about social entrepreneurship, especially in areas such as Gori, Kareli, Kaspi, Khashuri and Gori City, which include 20 IDP settlements and 20 ABL villages where income levels are low and business development in need of assistance. Social advertisements were created and broadcasted by mainstream media for even wider audiences.

ASB also worked closely with local authorities to elaborate possible mechanisms of cooperation between the enterprises and the municipality. Local Government support added a level of sustainability that has ensured ongoing success for all six enterprises. People in the target villages are still employed through the enterprises, and the most at-risk people, the final beneficiaries, continue receiving services.


Strengthen the Capacity of CSOs in Georgia and Ukraine

Funded by the European Union

Implemented by ASB Georgia, Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG) and Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR)

This project aims to increase the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in contributing meaningfully to social development in Georgia and Ukraine, with a particular focus on policy dialogue surrounding social service delivery.

ASB believes CSOs should not only have the capacity to analyse gaps in social service delivery and offer cost-effective solutions, but must also be recognised by the government as necessary stakeholders throughout this process.

The project started with the capacity-building of social service delivery organisations. 113 organisations attended trainings on mechanisms of effective cooperation with local authorities, ways of integrating budget funds into social services provisions, and legislative regulations on public participation. Through an open contest, 30 organisations were selected to receive specially tailored Organisational Development Packages (ODPs). ODPs include individual consultations with experts and methodological recommendations on critical issues of organisational development.  These ODPs still continue in 2017.

Workshops on developing advocacy plans will beorganised for CSO networks and coalitions in which they learned effective tools for advocacy and lobbying. After the workshops, four organisations were selected to start implementing an advocacy campaign.

Sub-grants for public private social partnership

18 CSOs in Georgia and 20 in Ukraine received sub-grants of a maximum amount of EUR 15,000 each in 2016. These provide services to persons with disabilities or older persons. 


Social Enterprise – Innovative Approaches for Economic and Social Changes

Funded by the European Union

Implemented by Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia, ASB Georgia and Education Development and Employment Center (KEDEC)

Project will support social entrepreneurship as a way to enhance CSO capacities in meeting their social and environmental goals for wider economic inclusion of most at-risk groups of people.

The project has three Specific Objectives:

  1. Tailored technical assistance and capacity-building mechanisms for Social Enterprises (SEs);
  2. Enabling an environment for SEs enhanced through improved legal and policy frameworks and better access to finances;
  3. Strengthen existing mechanisms of SE networking, advocacy and knowledge sharing.

As a result, the 2016-2018 project is expected to have the following outcomes:

  • 14 SE startup grants will be awarded;
  • Up to 95 social entrepreneurs will receive extensive trainings through training cycles, and 20 existing SEs will receive tailored technical assistance;
  • Policy recommendations for an SE state support mechanism will be developed based on best international experience;
  • Associate partner microfinance organisation Crystal will offer tailored micro-credits to SEs to meet their needs;
  • 3 competitions- “Students in support of SE” will be organized with the participation of 300 students;
  • The SE Alliance will be established;
  • Several forums, conferences and fairs will be organized to promote social entrepreneurship.