The Paper Mill Association, the Project Promoter, has successfully managed to develop a supporting structure for the local entrepreneurs in Comana, which launched seven (craft) businesses, together establishing a Crafts village (carpentry and joinery, reeds processing, blacksmithing, pottery, weaving and embroidery, traditional grinding mill and bakery, traditional food, products and medicinal herbs).
The Crafts Village (https://satulmestesugurilor.ro/en/), located at the doorstep of Comana’s natural park in Romania, is a nice blend of care for the environment, rural traditions revival, arts and crafts, education and entrepreneurship. The traditional rural crafts that are promoted encourage the use of natural, non-polluting and bio-based materials and are also in line with circular economy principles.
The project’s impact was impressive: Comana Crafts Village has created 10 jobs for people who couldn't find work. People who used to commute are now employed locally. The benefits reach out to the whole rural community, which now welcomes thousands of visitors every year.
If you want to vote for the project to receive the award, you can do that at this web address https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N8GRVMJ).
Votes will close on 22 October 2019 at midnight, and the results in each category will be announced at the upcoming conference 'Supporting rural business success across Europe', to be held on 24 October in Brussels