The team of the Regional Youth Center - Breznik (RYC) visited the town of Trun, where a meeting with mayor Tsvetislava Tsvetkova was scheduled. Alas, COVID measures prevented this meeting, but in a telephone conversation the mayor confirmed that the municipality is acquainted with the RAISE Youth project which aims to support youth employment, business, culture and tourism in Pernik District.

During the visit, the team of the RYC stumbled upon a small stall with homemade jams with the intriguing name Sladkoteka. Its owner is Violeta Trenkova, who is a native of Trun.

Shed said that the production process of the jams began about 10 years ago as a joke, and today the production enjoys unprecedented interest from customers near and far.

The various goods are sold on the spot (literally next to the road leading to the city), as well as through the Facebook page - Sweet Library "The Gorge". However, they are not labeled making it impossible to place them in larger markets. Ms. Trenkova listened with interest to the idea of ​​the online store  that the team presented to her. They exchanged contacts and promised to keep in touch for further discussion.

The RAISE Youth project, implemented by the Center for Development of Sustainable Communities, covers over 500 young people aged between 18 and 29, living in the municipalities of Pernik, Breznik, Trun, Radomir, Zemen and Kovachevtsi, who are not currently involved. Within its framework, various trainings for career and personal development are passed, and the most active 20 participants will be provided with additional training and mentoring assistance to start their own business.

The RAISE youth project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and the Norwegian Youth Employment Grant Fund.


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