At a Glance

Kolonowskie, Poland

Impact Area:
Labor Inclusion

People Supported:
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. 

Hear the story of Justyna and other young people who are finding meaning and earning income working for Siedlisko. Click the image above to watch the video.

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

We are thrilled with the NESsT award. It shows that we have chosen the right course of action related to the labor inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. We look forward to further support from NESsT to increase the chances for our success.
— Teresa Truch, Vice Chairman of the Board, Siedlisko

NESsT Investment

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, including topic of legal protection for potential franchise opportunities.