Promoting social entrepreneurship to create a more inclusive society

Social entrepreneurship capacity building for women

UN Women Albania is pioneering in providing free in-person training on Social Entrepreneurship for women in the Gjirokastra region. From April until June 2021 female entrepreneurs will learn how to run a successful social enterprise. Four training sessions will be held in Përmet, in the south of Albania, fully respecting current COVID-19 measures.

The participants learn about social business and the necessary key skills to become a successful social entrepreneur. The training gives them the knowledge how to incorporate the key tools in their business to avoid failure.

This capacity building is provided by UN Women Albania and implemented by GlobalCAD and Yunus Social Business Balkans, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MoHSP) of Albania and the Government of Norway.

The social business idea

The European Commission defines a social enterprise “an operator in the social economy whose main objective is to have a social impact rather than make a profit for their owners or shareholders. It operates by providing goods and services for the market in an entrepreneurial and innovative fashion and uses its profits primarily to achieve social objectives. It is managed in an open and responsible manner and, in particular, involves employees, consumers and stakeholder affected by its commercial activities”.[1]

Social enterprises and social economy have proven their capacity to create sustainable employment. The sector has shown increased development at European level with more than 11 million people now working in the social economy sector, which equates to 6% of the total EU employment.

[1] Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs – Social Enterprises. European Commission (ND):