At a Glance
People with Disabilities, Rural
Joined NESsT Portfolio:
Young people with intellectual disabilities in Poland are at high risk of social exclusion and unemployment. Currently, less than 0.1% of people with intellectual disabilities participate in the labor market.
Siedlisko runs a nursing home providing full-time high quality care for seniors and people with chronic illnesses, and also delivers catering and laundry services to local companies, individuals and public institutions. The social enterprise trains and employs youth with intellectual disabilities and long-term unemployed people as caregivers of the residents as well as in running the catering and laundry services.
Results & Impact
people with intellectual disabilities received job offers
people with intellectual disabilities who received vocational training
family members of people with intellectual disabilities who received support
Siedlisko joined the NESsT portfolio in 2014. NESsT selected Siedlisko as part of its initial cohort of social enterprises in Poland.
NESsT invested start-up capital to help Siedlisko finalize the construction of its nursing home and to launch its employment program, allowing the social enterprise to open its doors to clients and begin operations in July 2015.
The NESsT portfolio team in Poland also worked closely with Siedlisko to refine its business model and provided funding to support operations, market research, marketing outreach, and training for the management team.
Siedlisko has especially benefited from mentorship from members of NESsT's mentor network, receiving pro-bono advice on legal protection for potential franchise opportunities and consulting on moving its financial management in-house and implementing a new accounting system.