On Friday, the 17th of May, we hosted a visit of Tomasz Sadowski, founder and chairperson of Barka Foundation For Mutual Help (Poland). He met with Cathriona and Sean Byrne who run a family business Blooming Baskets, as well as with Tony Lowth, Dublin entrepreneur interested in organic farming. Tomasz Sadowski explained Barka’s ethos and described Barka’s model of running social enterprises.
He also had a meeting with the Board of Mendicity Institution, representatives of Dublin City Council, Homeless Agency and Barka Ireland staff. The aim of this meeting was to discuss chances and possibilities of creating social enterprises in Dublin. Such enterprise could promote social integration, and facilitate entering labour market for homeless and unemployed persons currently socially and economically excluded. They will create sober community to support each other’s growth and personal development while gaining new skills and creating employment. It will be a chance for migrants from Central and Eastern Europe to rebuild their lives.