Program Overview

Project zefiR - Together for the power of action started in May 2013 to support Roma’s social inclusion and other disadvantaged groups from 12 communities from Dolj, Gorj, and Olt counties. In May 2016, a new economic development component was introduced to support at least 28 entrepreneurs from three counties to start new business/income generating activities or to develop those already existing.

The economic development component is implemented by Terre des hommes Foundation (consortium coordination and supporting income generating activities), PACT Foundation (support for associative business) and NESsT Romania Foundation (entrepreneurial education and business support).

The three organizations offer:

  • Courses on developing a business plan, promoting and selling merchandise, and fund management
  • Funding of 2,000-15,000 Swiss francs, amount depends on the business’ industry and the impact it could create for the local development (i.e. generating new jobs for Roma people and for other disadvantaged groups)
  • Consulting and mentoring throughout the project (starting from registering the company to selling products)
  • Facilitation for those entrepreneurs who want to work together to make an cooperative business (i.e. producers association, cooperative etc.) in order to be able to use the same resources (i.e. agricultural machineries) or to sell the merchandise together

Supported Social Enterprises

NESsT invested in and is supporting the business development of the following social enterprises:



This project is co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.

Learn more about Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme here and here.


To learn more, please contact Irina Asaftei, Project Manager, NESsT Romania at iasaftei[at]