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PILOTING A CHARITY SHOP Launching a social business in Bátonyterenye

The Association of Roma Minority Representatives and Spokespeople of Nógrád County has been undertaking vital community work in the Northern Hungarian region. Since its establishment in 1996, the main mission of the organisation has been to reduce child poverty by providing assistance to families in need. The team have a wide regional focus and actively support families living in Bátonyterenye, Mátraverebély and Lucfalva.

The Association is one of the Foundation’s strategic educational partners. Our cooperation started when the Association faced a moment of crisis and Badur helped them to acquire and renovate their own after-school building in Bátonyterenye. This investment was the first, and very important, strategic step towards increased sustainability. Details of this project are described here.

Ever since, the Association team have been trying to diversify their income streams by increasing revenue-producing activities. Through the professional support granted under Badur’s Springboard Programme 2017, the Association reviewed their running commercial activities in order to determine the most suitable business activity.

In cooperation with Adománytaxi (“Donation Taxi”), they have been organising monthly charity fairs with great success. The review concluded that the charity fairs can be scaled up to run a sustainable charity shop with regular opening hours. The pre-calculations showed that in addition to achieving break-even, the shop revenues could cover the salary costs of 1 full-time employee by the end of the first year. As the next step, a 3-6-month pilot started in October 2018 to assess whether the charity shop can reach this sustainable scale. Throughout this process, the Foundation is supporting the enterprise with professional advice and partial coverage of the running costs.