Fundația ADEPT has developed a basic model of a community-owned micro-processing unit, easily to be replicated, for village-level food processing, enabling small-scale producers in the area to sell their traditional recipes more widely, while meeting the safety and hygiene regulations set out by the EU.
SES or Social Enterprise is a new type of initiative that aims to solve a social problem through business-specific methods. The social economy is an alternative form of economic development based on ethical principles - solidarity, democracy, professional and personal development, functioning according to the market economy and independent of the state. Solidarity economy or economy closer to the soul are syntagms that best define the notion of social economy. The objective of the social economy is to eradicate a social problem, in general, that threatens people and society (eradication of poverty, solving a health problem or providing access to education for disadvantaged people).
Investors only get back as much as they invested. No dividends over the amount originally invested (regardless of inflation rate). Once the investment is recovered by the entrepreneurs, profit is reinvested to expand and improve the business. The company behaves consciously about environmental issues. Employees are remunerated at market level, benefiting from better working conditions than standard.
SES Fruleco HNV aims to contribute to local development and social cohesion, with a high potential for generating and maintaining stable employment. Currently, the social enterprise includes seven full-time employees, of which five persons belonging to vulnerable groups. The main objective is to eradicate poverty behaving responsibly towards environmental issues, not to maximise the profit.