A five minutes walk in a Roma community from any of the countries in the V4 region is depressing: poverty, lack of infrastructure, discrimination. Governments do little to support the development of these communities. Majority populations in these countries generally perceive Roma people as lazy, unwilling to find and keep work and more interested in living on welfare. But we speak of few million people! Our long term goal is to change this in few communities by supporting existing Roma entrepreneurs and helping them start developing their communities from within. Later we will use it to challenge narratives! We clearly understand that this will not happen in 18 months.

This is as a first preparatory step for building partnerships, capacitate few local NGOs /stakeholders & identify few Roma entrepreneurs to validate some assumptions. What has been done on the field? ERGO Network is currently running a project which focuses on contribution of Roma entrepreneurs to their societies (in a Visegrad and EU funded project) working with some of the partner organizations in this proposal. Erste Foundation Roma Program (CE, Balkans, RO, BG 2012-2017) worked with entrepreneurs in the region. REDI Romania (2015) identified and supported Roma entrepreneurs in RO&BG. In 2017, the methodology was scaled-up to MK and RS. Now REDI Romania focuses on establishing the first Roma Fund (a Roma Microfinance investment vehicle) while REDI MK (set-up in 2018) is in charge of transferring the implementing and scaling-up the methodology in the region.

Project coordinator: Nadire Redjepi
Mobile: +389 78 327 846
Email: nadire@redi-ngo.eu  

https://spolecnyzajem.cz/                                                           http://www.uccualapitvany.hu                                             http://www.youngroma.sk

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary,  Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for  sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

The first activity of the project “Developing Regional Cooperation among Roma Entrepreneurs”, funded by the VisegradFund, was held in Veles, North Macedonia, on 22-25 of July, 2019.

The Kick-Off meeting aimed to familiarize all the partners with the administrative details of the project such as timeline and activities and work on a detailed action plan with assigned responsibilities for the smooth implementation of the project. The event was organized with 15 participants, three representatives from each partner organization from Association of Young Roma (AYR) Slovakia, UCCU Hungary, Center of Common Interest Czech Republic, and REDI team Romania, Belgium and North Macedonia.

The main goal of the project is to support Roma entrepreneurs in the #V4 countries and help them develop their communities from within. Later we will use it to challenge narratives!

Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) is the leading organization of the project and the Association of Young Roma (AYR)- Slovakia, UCCU Hungary, and Center of Common Trust- Czech Republic are the project partners participating in all the activities.

The project duration is from 01 June 2019- 31 December 2020.

Call for Training Roma Business Facilitators

Training Date: 17-21 October 2019

City/Country: Valaska, Slovakia

Language: English (translation will be secured in Slovakian, Hungarian, and Czech)

Field work: 28th October- 28th December

Participating countries: Slovakia, Hungary, and Czechia

Application Deadline: 22 of September 2019

The Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative- REDI in partnership with Association of Young Roma (AYR), UCCU, and Center of Common Interest announce a call for 5 Roma Business Facilitators in each of the following countries: Slovakia, Hungary, and Czech Republic. The main purpose of the business facilitators training is to enable young Roma to assess and assist the needs of the Roma entrepreneurs in their communities.

The trained Business Facilitators, depeding on the country, will work under the supervision and coordination of REDI, UCCU, Young Roma or Spolecny Zajem.


The selected Business Facilitators will be obliged to attend the Training of Business Facilitators in Valaska, identify and map Roma entrepreneurs, input the data on the system, attend meetings with project manager, contribute to dissemination of information for the events, assist the project manager in organizing events for Roma, and attend the events with Roma entrepreneurs.


This opportunity is available to all Roma and young Roma who are leaders, activists, students, and business oriented persons from name of the target cities.  Graduates and students from the business/economics field, business oriented persons, Roma Education Fund (REF) scholarship beneficiaries are highly recommended to apply. Applicants are expected to have:

  • Good knowledge of the Roma community and culture
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Clear and motivated desire to become Roma Business Facilitator in the community

Personal attitudes: self-initiative and responsibility, results-oriented, focused on continuous improvement, concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy, adaptability, open to work in different environments, integrity, loyalty and good faith, discretion, independence and confidence, respect for diversity.

Selection Criteria

The Roma Business Facilitators will be selected through a competitive process based on the candidate’s suitability, field experience and motivation. The selected candidates will be invited for an interview. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation process by 20 of September 2019.

How to apply?

You can apply in either English or in the national language: Application form in English:

Please upload the following documents in the online application form:

1) CV – PDF or Word, maximum size 10 MB 2) Cover (motivation) letter  – PDF or Word, maximum size 10 MB, maximum 700 words

In your motivation you need to reply the following: How you can use this practice to improve personally and professionally? Description of your main skills and interests, including the areas that you could develop skills, and a brief description of the entrepreneurial statute of the Roma in your area; Please mention any relevant experience that you think makes you suitable for the position. Are there Roma entrepreneurs in your area/community and what is their potential?

You can find this call online at: http://redi-ngo.eu, https://spolecnyzajem.cz/, http://www.uccualapitvany.hu and http://www.youngroma.sk

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at office@redi-ngo.eu, tomasscuka@volny.cz, jurajvozar@yahoo.com or uccualapitvany@gmail.com

Call in Czech: Download or View

Call in Hungarian: Download or View

Call is Slovak: Download or View

Application form (English)