The Prospects of Social Entrepreneurship in Slovenia

Social Enterprises Should Become More Competitive

In recent years, more and more attention in Slovenia has been paid to the development of social entrepreneurship, where the main goal is not to make a profit, but to find a solution of social problems through the creation of new job positions, including for the vulnerable categories of people.

Primož Šporar, the Executive Head of Sklad 05, has noted that despite the fact that the pace of the scientific and technological progress in Slovenia is not too high, and the field-oriented entrepreneurship experiences difficulties, the trends and prospects of development do remain positive.

The Economic Potential of Agriculture and the Employment of Migrant Workers

The social entrepreneurship pays much attention to the search for ways of agriculture development, which has good prospects for green tourism, organic farming and herbal medicine.

Both migrants and asylum seekers can serve for the social entrepreneurship as a labour source. Their employment will allow them to better integrate into the Slovenian society.

The Slovenian Association of Mental Health (Šent) in conjunction with the Centre for Counselling, Training and Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (Šentprimo and SKUP) are holding the Days of Social Economy, which will be attended by about 150 people.

The Ecological Garden Provides Prospects for Employment

The social enterprise “Centre for Research and Development of Alternative Practices” (Zrirap) in Beltinci has developed a project for opening an ecological garden. Just for a couple of years, the young people from Beltinci have breathed new life into a barren plot of land in the centre of the village and created 8 new job positions, including for the socially vulnerable categories of population and the persons undergoing occupational therapy.

The Centre staff opened a shop in a small wooden house, where they daily sell the locally grown vegetables and herbs. Based on the collected herbs, they invented a recipe of their brand “Beltinci” tea. In addition to the garden, they also take care about two more plots of land and an orchard.

A Five-year-pass to Financial Independence

The Centre employs four full-time workers, one more person works on the labour rehabilitation projects, and one person is engaged in public works. In total, the team consists of eight full-time employees and five volunteers. In the future, they want to clean up one of the neglected territories in the village—an old shop of household appliances, where they plan to create a Centre for the Dialogue of Generations.