Creation of Job Opportunities through Business Support for Youth in the Security Zone


Implemented by: AXA Management Consulting in partnership with Resonance NGO, Transnistrian region

Budget: 265,810 €

Duration: December 2013 – February 2015

Beneficiaries: direct – 10 grant beneficiaries, including 3 women; indirect – 109 people (59 new jobs + 50 courses participants), including 54 women

Results: 10 beneficiary SMEs assisted

  • 50 applicants (including 23 women) benefitted from 3-day courses on business plan writing;
  • 10 grant beneficiaries (30% are women) were selected and received grants of up to 13,500 EUR, continuous individual coaching and provision of business support services, benefitting from six one-day seminars to improve their management skills;
  • Two joint two-day conferences with beneficiaries from the Transnistrian region were organized to share experience and best practices and create a network of young entrepreneurs to establish business linkages and mutually beneficial cooperation;
  • A business platform for supporting collaboration between young entrepreneurs from both banks of the Nistru River has been created: www.business-bridges.net;
  • 59 new jobs were created (31 women). 50 livelihoods of people, including 23 women, who participated at crash courses, were improved. In total, livelihoods of 109 people were improved, including 54 women;
  • Sustainability: the network of young entrepreneurs created as a result of implementation of two mirror projects will ensure further durability of project results. Several beneficiaries  foresee further development and extension of their businesses, including on the opposite bank;