Inna Barisnicova: With the support of the EU, we are creating an ecosystem of social entrepreneurs

The concept of social entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly interesting for entrepreneurs. Such businesses are also developed on the left side of the Dniester. In an interview, Inna Barisnicova, who is also the president of the Association of Social Entrepreneurs from Tiraspol, talks about the challenges of this business model on the left bank of the Dniester.

The Association of Social Entrepreneurs from Tiraspol (hereinafter – Social Business Hub) is an association that supports and contributes to the development of social entrepreneurs on the left side of the Dniester.

“We aim to create an ecosystem of social entrepreneurs and support them by offering consultations in areas such as marketing, legal framework, and financing. They need such support, as there are no laws for social entrepreneurship on the left side of the Dniester, but there are people we call – social innovators who want to solve certain social problems. Even if they want to solve a problem, they don’t have the necessary skills to develop a business.” declares Inna Barisnicova, president of the Association of Social Entrepreneurs from Tiraspol.

Therefore, the Social Entrepreneurs Hub aims to support social entrepreneurs methodologically. Grants are also offered for the development of social enterprises. As a result, new jobs are created. It is also the hub that identifies and promotes social entrepreneurs in the region.


“Through our activity, we try to prove to classic businesses that it is possible to do business under other conditions, to pay more attention to employees, to employ disabled people, women, and unemployed people. Also, social entrepreneurship is also about ecology, the protection of nature,” added Inna Barisnicova.

Social Business Hub collaborates with the “CONTACT” center, the Keystone organization to provide trainings and experience exchange to the beneficiaries.

“We want to make everyone understand that social entrepreneurship is not charity, but solving some problems of society, a stable business that produces or offers quality services.” concluded the president of the Association of Social Entrepreneurs from Tiraspol.

Social Business Hub has 35 members including various organizations and individual businesses.

This material was produced with the financial support of the European Union and Sweden. Its content is the exclusive responsibility of the project “Using the potential of civil society for the promotion and development of social entrepreneurship in the Republic of Moldova”, financed by the European Union and co-financed by Sweden, carried out by the East European Foundation in partnership with the Contact Center and Keystone Moldova. The content of the material belongs to the authors and does not necessarily reflect the view of the European Union.

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