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Socio-professional integration in Romania

Focus on organic vegetable farming

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting Ateliere Fara Frontiere and its project “BIO&CO: Cultivons la Solidarité” (Let's Cultivate Solidarity), a socio-professional integration project with a focus on organic vegetable farming in the suburbs of Bucharest, Romania.

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Fighting exclusion and marginalization

According to local estimations, more than 25% of the population lives under the poverty line. Ateliere Fara Frontiere, a Romanian association founded in 2008, promotes the integration of marginalized people by creating socio-professional integration workshops. The association offers a customized integration pathway. The beneficiaries enjoy:

  • social care in order to resolve their most urgent problems (addiction, violence, etc.);
  • professional support to help them acquire skills and prepare for a career.

Integration project in Ciocanari

The integration project created by Ateliere Fara Frontiere is based on:

  • growing organic vegetables
  • collecting and composting organic waste disposed of by retailers and restaurants.

A 4-hectare farm managed for this purpose & located in the village of Ciocanari, 50 km north of Bucharest, produces more than 80 varieties of vegetables. 
The vegetables are sold in the form of weekly baskets; the incomes enable the association to continue its action.

The projects, called "BIO&CO: Cultivons la Solidarité" & Compost boost! allow the creation of 25 jobs for people having gone through a work integration program.

The Air Liquide Foundation's contribution

The Air Liquide Foundation is financing a heating system for the greenhouses, a cold room for storing the produce intended for sale, a green waste disposer for compost and an oxygen probe to optimize composting cycles.

PROJECT IDENTITY

  • Project initiator: Ateliere Fara Frontiere
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Years of support: 2016 & 2018
  • Air Liquide Sponsors: Mirela Aruxandei and Deniss Mosetescu, Air Liquide Romania