At a Glance

Location: Bucharest, Romania

Impact Area: Sustainable Income

People Supported:
Small artisans and local producers, Rural

Joined NESsT Portfolio:



Romanian villages are a rare sight in Europe and beyond. Many are models for true environmental sustainability. However, there is little economic incentive to maintain village traditions, homes and way of life. Small-scale household farming is under pressure from industrial farms. Village Life promotes sustainable rural development by connecting urban travelers with old world village life in the heart of rural Romania.


NESsT Investment

Village Life joined the NESsT portfolio in 2013. Since then, NESsT has invested financial capital, as well as tailored business development support in the business.


  • US$22,190.90 invested to date. 


  • Helped Village Life with its business planning and implementation, time management, and HR planning.
  • Guided the enterprise to create and implement a sales strategy and communication strategy, to research and implement an online payment system, and to conduct customer satisfaction monitoring and impact measurement and monitoring.
We started working with NESsT just a few months after establishing our social enterprise. The entire process from application to funding had a major role in the development of Village Life. In addition to financial support, all the training sessions, business plan development, assistance and constant feedback and access to a network of professionals in relevant fields were essential for us. We have enjoyed the flexibility of the NESsT team, so necessary for a pioneering social enterprise like Village Life.
— Alexandra Vasiliu, Founder, Village Life

Results & Impact 


growth in annual family income for host families



host families gained experience in sustainable turism


villages trained on development through sustainable tourism