Cooperative – Alternative Forms of Entrepreneurial Action
 Lublin, Poland



Since the Emmaus Lublin community (Poland) opened in 1995 it has been carrying out the classic activities of collecting and selling on used objects. But in recent years the group has been looking to identify new sources of funding.
The current economic climate in Poland means that the quality and quantity of articles received in our community is mediocre. Thus we are dependant, in a way, on aid coming from Emmaus groups in Western European countries.
Developing new forms of funding would mean more autonomy for our group and greater diversity in our sources of funding. We also offer training and practice in manual jobs for our companions, depending on whether or not they are interested and depending on their individual capabilities. Thanks to this work some of them have been able to find work and become autonomous.

With this goal in mind a Cooperative has been created and the majority of its members are companions. This Cooperative helps provide greater diversity of production and services.


Since the turn of the millennium we have been preparing, creating and experimenting with workshops with a view to launching new forms of development. We launched crafts workshops such as carpentry, ironwork/welding, vulcanisation of rubber, upholstery, repairing bicycles and moulding concrete. We have since had to close some of these workshops.

In 2010 we created a Social Cooperative and the majority of its members are companions. The goal of this Cooperative is to carry out entrepreneurial initiatives for production and services.

Since 2010 we have been diversifying our production, creating public infrastructure such as park benches, concrete tables, stools, bins, road signs, bus shelters, etc.

In 2016 we opened a restaurant where we make Italian-style pizza and Turkish-style kebabs as well as offering salads, drinks and other options.


. 12 companions, 2 of whom have been employed as staff and 3 of whom are doing internships
. 4 salaried workers and 4 partners
. 1 architect who designs technical documents for new products
. 1 companion in charge of the restaurant
. Other people (admin people, social workers) help us if and when needed


We work alongside the public employment centre and NGOs who work on reintegrating excluded people into the working world.
We also work with commercial businesses that deliver materials to us for highly specialised services such as digital cutting, galvanisation, etc.
An Italian chef who is well-known here in Poland helped us with the opening of the restaurant and has since continued supporting us; we also have another chef who has helped us with our Turkish cuisine.
Our clients include local associations, accommodation centres, businesses and individuals.

The different steps towards opening the restaurant:

. May 2015 – the idea was brought forward and was discussed in different groups. We analysed the feasibility of this project in terms of finance, human resources, potential return on investment, etc. In July we held a meeting with our companions, our board and our employees and organised an anonymous vote. Despite initial apprehension the result was unanimous: 100% voted in favour of the project!
. We then moved onto renting the premises, drawing up the technical, technological and sanitary documents, etc. This work was important in order to obtain all the necessary approvals (and there were lots!).
. We then had to bring together our sources of funding:
Self-financing (around 10,000 euros).
Loans: we took out 2 loans - we received around 8,000 euros to be used to purchase materials and in return we promised to hire 2 people for a minimum duration of 2 years.
. Adapting the premises to our needs – all of the work done on the building was carried out by our companions.
. Fitting out the building: kitchen equipment, kitchen accessories and furniture for the restaurant.
. We built the furniture and many other objects ourselves (or rather our companions built them).
. Training, designing the menus, looking for suppliers, etc.
. Designing and completing the interior of the restaurant (decoration, lighting, displaying objects designed by people with disabilities, putting up posters for our local association project and for Emmaus International, etc.)
. Designing our advertising material, promoting the project in the media - in the first few months we were the subject of several television reports including two reports for national TV; we also did several radio interviews and many articles about our project were written in the press.
. The official opening took place on 12 March 2016


. We are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that our project is an ambitious one and yet we have potential for economic and social development thanks to our wide range of varied and profitable initiatives. We have become a key, influential stakeholder in terms of the development of a social economy in our region and in Poland as a whole (on 14 November 2016 we came 2nd place in a national competition for the best social economy business).
. There is potential to increase our commercial income.
. We are fortunate in that our partner associations, who are now our main customers, understand the social economy concept and recognise the quality of our products.
. Potential development for our mission and solidarity: increasing our capacity to aid people in poverty and to aid groups who see poverty as a scandal and who fight to make our world a fairer place.


. We have succeeded in creating a commercial business which operates only with entrepreneurial activities. For the time being our profits are not very high but we are competitive.
. We have created a workspace which allows our companions to gain qualification and practice different professions (carpentry, welding, masonry, catering and also, less often, tiling, painting and decorating).
. Thanks to these projects we have been able to do a lot of the construction work and work in the restaurant ourselves; this has helped us to progress and improve both our working conditions and the day-to-day life in our community. This aspect was important for the companions’personal development as they feel as though their living and working conditions are improving thanks to their own hard work.
. We have given ourselves an opportunity to further the economic and social development of our community.


This project has helped:
. Widening and providing an extra boost to our possible partnerships with other associations (who work on professional activities and/or local investment)
. Starting a partnership with private companies and greater participation in the job market
. Creating partnerships with other NGOs who are influential in the development of a social economy in Poland


What we need most of all is a bit of a boost and to widen our possibilities in terms of commercial management. The current level of development has now become too much for us to handle.
With the 2nd place prize we won on 14 November (best social economy business in Poland in 2016) we were granted a management and organisation audit which will be carried out by the international consulting firm PWC. We hope to make the best possible use of this aid.



Initiative sponsors



Lublin, Poland



Your comment


Are there really web sites that offer hookup ladies free of charge? The reply is a resounding yes! The ideal places at no cost hookup women are on-line talk rooms <a href=></a> They may be great places that you ought to satisfy hookup girls free of charge without expense. There is a best way to make use of on the internet chat spaces however. If you wish to find hookup girls totally free, then you have to be careful what you say inside your information. And discover these females totally free, you will have to make an internet profile. The easiest way to create an online profile would be to download a hookup ladies communicating iphone app. These apps are pretty simple to use and are created to make communicating with women quite simple. When you download the mobile app, you could start chatting very easily. The advantage of these free apps is because they make getting together with women exciting and fun. In case you are developing a terrible time, just log onto your chat application and spend time communicating. You don't need to be nervous about getting in that particular reaching. If you are online communicating, there is absolutely no must even leave your home. You can easily get females who are searching for an informal hookup. If you use a totally free hookup dating online professional services site, your odds of actually connecting with an individual raise tremendously. You are more inclined to satisfy somebody in the event you take more time there. There is also much more possibilities by using these free online internet dating providers mainly because they have an array of men and women. You don't must limit yourself to only the local area. Should you be on the internet communicating with somebody from another nation, you may speak to them for many hours without saying a word. Utilizing these cost-free internet online dating professional services is really a a lot less hazardous means of meeting females. In reality, most of the cost-free men and women online talk spaces are much less noisy than the sites that charge a fee a little fee. There is absolutely no anyone to overhear you and also make fun of the looks or even your options. This really is a huge advantage to using on the internet talk solutions to find hookup women. Addititionally there is an added benefit from not needing to spend for all kinds of long distance calling fees. These free hookup online dating sites offer you a choice of chatting for well under 10 minutes at any given time. This means you can certainly turn some great heavy steam up with somebody who has a fantastic persona. After you have preferred which on the internet conversation website you would want to be part of, you will need to select a username and password. The most effective internet online dating solutions will give you a totally free chat space password reset password and username prior to be a part of. This is just another safety provision that you should acquire when working with free of charge conversation rooms. Once you have signed up on an dating online service you have got to give a photograph in your private profile. This is why the genuine entertaining starts. Try and include some thing about you that may entice the lady you are looking at. Should you be looking for informal exciting then its better to pick a much more relaxed picture. But if you are truly after a serious hookup then you might want to add some hot and spicy particulars in your on-line information to make certain she knows your feelings about her. The most significant blunders that men make when communicating within an on-line conversation space is simply because they become too friendly with the other person. Females will not like people who respond way too wonderful, or who start their interactions with some kind of flirting terminology. Always be specialist when communicating, and don't let her have any cause to hesitation you. As well you may not would like to come across as way too desperate both. Becoming needy interests simply women who are searching for a quick hookup. Just be sure you don't say something too personalized which you may later be sorry for. When you have included many of these particulars to your on-line account, it is advisable to commence mailing her some information. However, before you decide to actually talk to her, you really should give her an exam meaning. This method for you to see if she is the right person for yourself. When you have discovered a number of potential hookup ladies you may then begin seeing them. The true secret thing to consider is the fact you will find a lot of flirting and communicating occurring between you and the girl. She is going to naturally be curious about meeting you also, and she will probably want to meet with anyone. Just ensure you respond professional during the entire complete procedure. Also, make certain you steer clear of requesting her way too personal questions (i.e. "Where by have you go today?")

Dec 16, 2020, 8:12:22 AM


The The Best Places To Date Hookup Ladies The volume of hookup ladies for just one individual is generally small, and that means if you hire a company who is really like yourself in most respect, the odds are high that they are also probably be an effective match for you <a href=></a> What if you don't have very much luck with internet hookups? Well, there are many techniques you could begin getting someone to hookup with. Although these techniques may not be as quickly as using internet dating, these are far more convenient and they are often less expensive, which definitely makes them a workable alternative. Free Hookup Women: Something that you can do would be to seem on the web for the cost-free courting internet site. Usually these web sites are strictly for solitary individuals, but there are several sites that meet the needs of married couples or friendships at the same time. Whilst they are certainly not specifically made for hookups, you will still find some excellent opportunities at cost-free hookups. This might not be a great way to meet up with a hookup, but it can be a good way to find out if this individual is somebody who you will feel relaxed with dating or connecting with over a more long-lasting schedule. Paid for Courting Professional services: You can find on the web professional services like hookup cooler and Zoosk which can be totally free to enroll in. They already have both paid and free models, and both of them have their own personal benefits. Several of the great things about a compensated support consist of the fact that you know specifically what you are entering into before you even log on to the account, meaning you may have additional control across the scenario, and when you purchase not to complement it, you may terminate whenever you want. Stay On-line Hookups: There are actually several places where online hookup professional services are common. India is among these places. In India, several young people, notably individual ladies, will leverage the internet to locate someone to possess a a single nighttime stay with. In many areas of Asia, individuals will check out karaoke night clubs and open public dances and attempt to fulfill an individual for a day. There is lots of gender included in fact it is perfectly appropriate in numerous Asian civilizations. In the usa, hookup online dating services are gaining popularity. This is because they offer a simple way for folks from all of the parts of society to get anyone to particular date. As many dating websites demand a little monthly charge, there is absolutely no reason why anyone who is interested in meeting someone should struggle to do this on the Internet free of charge. It is actually more secure than reaching face-to-face, and yes it permits you to continue in the level of privacy of your property. With these providers, you may search through information and find out if there is anyone that you will be attracted to. Transunion: As mentioned above, hookup internet dating on the web does have its negative aspects. The pitfall of this is that it is incredibly easy to lie relating to your age, revenue, or marriage reputation. Consequently, you could possibly wind up spending weeks seeking for the very best match up. Among the best professional services for finding matches for queers is TransUnion. The best thing regarding it is that you can get credit report checks, spend minimal, and in many cases you will get immediate credit history approval. I might definitely recommend these three professional services as the easiest method to hookup with women. Should you choose to use free of charge internet dating sites, make sure to seek information before signing up. Some websites are bogus, misleading, and can lead to harm to your potential. Recall to discover the online privacy policy and guidelines of your internet site, and be sure that this site has been around for a significant whilst. All of these factors will assist you to locate the best service to meet your needs. Hookups with women is the best way to meet up with a new partner and expertise a whole new customs. Should you be looking up to now a lady on the internet, keep in mind there are many fake internet dating sites. The best advice is to look into the Greater Organization Bureau before utilizing any internet dating providers. It's always wise to be secure than sorry. No matter if you want to use on-line hookup solutions or perhaps not, there are plenty of individuals who are looking for a partnership precisely like you.

Feb 19, 2021, 1:55:02 AM