The Kamarova village, Miadziel district, became the center of support for local entrepreneurs. In 2017, a business incubator opened here, where those who wish to start their business from Miadziel, Smarhoń, Pastavy and Astraviec districts are trained, get advice and start-up capital.
The activity of the business incubator, which has the status of a training and practical institution for the support of entrepreneurship "BIKamarova", became possible due to the implementation of the European Union project for the development of rural areas.
Currently, about 60 people have been trained in the School of Rural Business in Kamarova. In the process of training, the students of the School developed their own business plans and presented them to the Startup Weekends. The most promising business ideas have received financial support from 2 to 10 thousand euros from the project of the European Union. The general fund of the project, intended for allocation to beginning businessmen, makes 182 thousand euro. At the last four Startup Weekend, 20 students of the School were supported.
On the way to Kamarova, the delegation, which included members of the Ministry of Economy, MART, the Entrepreneurship Department, the Minsk Regional Executive Committee and various business unions, visited two women entrepreneurs who received financial support from the European Union project.
Aliaksandra Chyzheuskaya from the Zaliessie village in the Smarhoń district opened a business for the production of wooden windows. Since childhood, the girl has watched how the father collects furniture, and could help at many stages of production. In order to start a business of her own, she lacked knowledge of business and start-up capital.
− A wooden window helps create an atmosphere of naturalness and beauty. Now in Belarus they also came to this. Many people want to replace plastic with natural wood, − emphasizes Aliaxandra.
Entrepreneur Veranika Shchurouskaya from the same Zaliessie village after her studies at the School of Rural Business in Kamarova opened her own business of manufacturing fabric bags and other items with combined embroidery. The needlewoman uses Belarusian ornaments and invent author's patterns. In her opinion, embroidery can decorate any old coat, dress or trousers, making them unique. Embroidering Veranika began in the school years, but the idea of earning a favorite hobby before learning in the School of Rural Business seemed too unreal.
The stories of the alumni of the educational program "The School of Rural Business" inspired journalists who also participated in the trip. TV can be seen on the following links:
• The TV channel "Belarus 1"
Business incubator in Miadzielshchyna. Panorama, 05/26/2018
• ONT TV Channel
Big business in a small village: how entrepreneurship is developing in the countryside, 05/27/2018 After visiting local initiatives, representatives of state bodies and business discussed how entrepreneurs in rural areas need support.
− Recently, a rather large package of documents aimed at improving the business climate and intensifying business activity has been adopted. First of all, we are talking about Decree No. 7, as well as its by-laws. A number of them have already been adopted and are working, some of the prepared and agreed projects are under consideration by the Council of Ministers. We are waiting for them in the near future, − said Irina Babachenok, director of the Department of Entrepreneurship of the Ministry of Economy.
Then the guests took part in the labor action to clean up the territory of the manor and park complex in the village of Kamarova.
The School of Rural Business in Kamarova works within the framework of the project "Development of Rural Localities in the Republic of Belarus: Boosting Rural Entrepreneurship in Belarus and Launching a Rural Business Incubator in Kamarova". The project is funded by the European Union and co-financed by the US Embassy in Minsk, its budget is 588 thousand euros, where the EU contribution is 556.5 thousand euros. The project is being implemented by the IPO "Ecopartnership" (Minsk) and the NGO "Women for the revival of the Narač region"(Kamarova) in 2017 – 2019. More information on www.ecopartnerstvo.by and www.komarovo.com