Thirteen business ideas, all of them developed by persons with intellectual disabilities and their family members within the Small Business Incubator organized by Keystone Moldova with the support of Open Society Foundation / Mental Health Initiative, were presented publicly.
Persons with disabilities and their families face poverty mainly because of insufficient social benefits and unemployment. Thus, a small business would become an additional source of income. Therefore, Keystone Moldova jointly with Winrock Moldova provides counseling and assistance to adults with disabilities and their families in developing small businesses that would ensure them permanent and sustainable income.
The committee for selection and approval of business plans heard 13 presentations of business ideas: growing quails for eggs and meat; massage services; mushroom farm; growing tomatoes in a greenhouse; incubating eggs and selling chickens; wall block manufacture; decoration and jewelry making; raising rabbits; growing nutrias; hairdressing; growing greens, tomatoes and cucumbers; car repair shop; growing strawberries in a greenhouse.
Most business ideas are based on a hobby or a profession that the person prefers. However, the potential businessmen took the economic context into account when developing their business plans: market demand, necessary investment, risks, competition and other important factors.