Romani Design

Romani Design is a social enterprise and a fashion label that reinterprets traditional Romani motifs with a modern “twist” for women who like unique brands and socially responsible products. It aims to create a dialogue between Roma and non-Roma population as well as jobs for Roma women.

The label takes up Roma traditions and shows courage for colours and patterns: Fashion, jewellery and accessories by Romani Design are very much inspired by traditional Roma clothing. Traditional fabrics and patterns come upon innovative shapes and cuts, the combinations are as daring as well-made. And that’s not all: the Hungarian designer and jeweller Erika Varga not only designs fashion and jewellery, but aims to convey a message with her creations: “My designs are influenced and inspired by traditional Roma clothing and appeal to Roma and non-Roma alike, thus enabling a cultural exchange.”

Romani Design is also a learning centre for disadvantaged young people, for unemployed Roma and non-Roma and is supported within the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership. This informal alliance was created in 2012, together with the foundation’s partner NGOs that are dedicated to improving the life of Roma people in different communities across central and south-eastern Europe. As well as receiving financial assistance, members of the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership are supported by a range of experts and consultants on their journey to becoming more sustainable, more marketable, more successful and more independent in today’s complex world.

Read more about Romani Design in the Spring 2015 edition of EFFECT magazine. 


Entrepreneurs for Social Change

Along the shores of the Mediterranean the effects of the economic crisis are still being felt with high levels of youth unemployment and a lack of opportunities.

Where the local communities are bereft of economic activity and upward mobility is scarce, innovative social entrepreneurs committed to making positive social change are assuming a pivotal role in the creation of a more promising future for all.

Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) is a project aimed at supporting young social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Mediterranean area whose business activities seek to create employment opportunities and promote non-violent social change. The E4SC project was devised by the Fondazione CRT in collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Through a week of training and 9 months of mentoring, 20 young social entrepreneurs from the MENA region are given the chance to acquire the business, funding, marketing and intercultural understanding needed to help take their businesses to the next level and create positive social impact.

here is the link for the Webdoc on La Stampa’s website which gives a brief outline of the 2014 participants social initiatives:

http://www.lastampa.it/2014/10/28/medialab/webdocauto/dalle-primavere-arabe-al-business-sociale-i-nuovi-imprenditori-del-mediterraneo-pMugIrKhrh689SohYPmgtJ/pagina.html