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Launching a Sandwich Manufactory Creating employment opportunities for a vulnerable community

Since 2003, Tegyünk Egymásért Egyesület and Szociális Szövetkezet (Let’s Help Each Other Association and Social Cooperative) has been active in Pécs-Somogy, one of the most impoverished neighbourhoods of Pécs. Its work focuses on community building and employment generating activities.

The Association works with vulnerable people living in Pécs-Somogy. Besides community development, it has been running entrepreneurial activity for three years, which aims to create occasional job opportunities for disadvantaged people.

To expand its business of selling chips and donuts at nearby festivals, the Association would like to launch a sandwich manufactory in order to create additional employment opportunities. The organisation developed a business plan for the manufactory during the mentoring phase of the Hatchery Programme. According to the plan, the manufactory can operate sustainably from the beginning and its profit can stabilise the Association’s charitable operation. As an initial investment, the Association needed to establish a kitchen and purchase kitchen equipment.

Badur Trustees awarded financial support to create the kitchen and further professional support to implement the business plan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the kitchen renovation work has slowed down but the Association is gradually achieving its planned milestones , for instance, they have already secured the permits. It plans to start sales in autumn – pending any challenges or barriers caused by the pandemic.

Under the Hatchery Programme, the Association was also awarded a loan to purchase a second set of equipment for its chips and donuts stand so that it could increase its sales at festivals. After the cancellation of festivals due to COVID-19, the Association decided to delay the use of the loan and may draw it down later in consultation with the Foundation.

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