The project will transform the inhabitants of four communes belonging to the Podisul Mediasului Local Action Group (GAL) in Sibiu County into active citizens, involved in the sustainable development of the community. Mosna commune was selected as leader of the consortium which also includes Bazna, Blajel and Hoghilag communes.
According to the assessments of the local leaders, 60% of the inhabitants of Mosna belong to the Roma minority. However, in the 2011 census only 12.59% of the citizens declared themselves Roma, belonging to this ethnic group being disregarded. According to official data, in Bazna the proportion of Roma is 28,45%, in Blajel 17,43% and in Hoghilag 24,26% .
In the communities proposed as the location of the project, the economic and social disparities between the Roma population and the other ethnic groups are preserved and among the group members, gender equity is imbalanced. The Roma are not fully accepted in the activities initiated by the other members of the community, they have reduced access to resources, employment and income-generating activities, and limited access to medical, social or educational services.
Monthly in Mosna, a commune with 3,335 inhabitants, there are between 400 and 500 applications for social aid, filed almost entirely by Roma citizens.
The project’s applicant will use poultry farming - raising poultry and egg laying hens - as a motivation for boosting the community. Participants will benefit from the transfer of know-how and new information; they will be engaged in poultry farming and this way ensuring food and income for their families. This lucrative activity will attract the energy of the entire community, around the social, economic, environmental, infrastructure and public policies being discussed, debated and improved for the well-being of the Roma beneficiaries of the project.
At the end of the project we will see diminishing disparities and the status of Roma women will be improved.
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