At a Glance

Puck, Poland

Impact Area:
Labor Inclusion

People Supported:
People with Disabilities

Joined NESsT Portfolio:

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DALBA is an award-winning craft beer brewery in Puck, Poland that employs people with intellectual disabilities. It is the first in Poland and sixth in the world of its kind. The business addresses one of the most serious social problems in Poland: labour exclusion and social marginalization of people with intellectual disabilities. Today, only 10% of people with disabilities participate in the labor market. 

The production process of DALBA’s craft beer counts on a group of 27 young men with disabilities who are also shareholders of the cooperative. Some prepare malts with a recipe and boil it, while others are involved in bottling or labeling. They do so without supervision, having received training from management to work with precision.

DALBA was co-founded by Agnieszka Dejna, a mother of children with disabilities, and Janusz Golisowicz, an occupational therapist of patients with disabilities. Agnieszka and Janusz often heard these young people seeking greater independence in their lives, but unable to achieve it as a result of their parents fear of discrimination and harassment in the workforce.. Today, DALBA’s craft beers are rated Top 50 out of 270+ brands in Poland.

Results & Impact 


Total marginalized reached


Expected growth of DALBA to meet growing demand


DALBA’s expected employment generation by 2021

I can assure them that the best decision is to give their children the room to grow independently. I know parents sense danger but they need to remind themselves that their children need to live on their own decades ahead.
— — Agnieszka Dejna, Co-Founder of DALBA

NESsT Investment

DALBA and NESsT partnered to increase the production capacity of the enterprise, positioning it to generate higher revenues and to increase its employment of people with disabilities. With a grant from NESsT, DALBA upgraded its equipment, generating a production growth of 15%. The next phase of investment is the expansion of its production hall.

DALBA’s tailored business mentoring focuses on consolidating its rapid growth, leveraging co-investments, and strengthening its impact measurement. As it prepares to launch five locations in the next two years, NESsT and DALBA have also been collaborating on managing the enterprise's product portfolio, by identifying and developing products with higher margins, and on ramping up its sales efforts.

NESsT is excited to support DALBA as the enterprise has proven to be equally committed to empowering youth with disabilities and developing award-winning craft beer.