At a Glance

Location: Zalau, Romania

Impact Area: Sustainable Income

People Supported:
Small Producers & Artisans

Joined NESsT Portfolio:


Small farmers in rural areas are unable to pay the high price to get their products to a larger market and reach higher sales volumes. There are also limited alternative job opportunities in the community where they live. Agapis’ social enterprise, Valea Barcăului, produces two lines of gourmet, healthy honey and dried fruits with an emphasis on nutritional value, under the brand Sănătate Dulce.

NESsT Investment

Agapis joined the NESsT portfolio in 2012. Since then, NESsT has invested financial capital, as well as tailored business development support in the business.


  • US$56,048.95 invested to date.


  • Helped Agapis with its business planning, and to create and implement a communications strategy and marketing and sales strategy, with a special focus on the creation of its online shop.
  • Provided networking and leveraged support for business expansion, creating impact in a new community and increasing visibility through a video case study.
The first year in the NESsT Portfolio meant doubling our sales and increasing direct customer satisfaction. Partnering with NESsT and participating in all activities brought added value to our business and provided greater market visibility and a growing awareness of the social enterprise. Working with NESsT has brought us only benefit, we are very grateful and we want to keep working with them.
— Alin Prunean, Founder, Agapis

Results & Impact 


beekeepers received professional training 



small producers supported


US$ 41,542 

annual sales in 2016