Beautiful, colourful and high-quality handicrafts, including jewellery and home decor accessories, have been created by seventy-six Belarusian women who took part in the Activation Academy for women under the Polish Aid programme. In a new co-working centre in Kalodziscy near Minsk, the participants of workshops and seminars developed their craftsmanship skills and know-how on how to run their own business.
Equipped in machines and devices which are needed for dressmaking and tailoring, the co-working centre was opened in the local Entrepreneurship Incubator. Polish folk artists ran workshops on manual embroidery, machine sewing and crocheting. Machines and equipment which were purchased for this purpose started spinning, filling specially adapted rooms with their humming.
After the training, the Belarusian women can start work in premises which have been adapted for a dressmaking studio, provided with professional equipment and new skills, individually or in groups. The trainees showcased their work at the annual “Local Economy” fair, held in Kalodziscy.
Their unique, hand-made products are also put on sale online. The co-working centre ran its programme to bolster entrepreneurship owing to cooperation between the Podlaska Regional Development Foundation and the Entrepreneurship Incubator in Kalodziscy. The project received funding from the development cooperation programme of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The programme’s success story was covered by the Belarusian state television and Belarusian press reported on its progress on many occasions: