Graduates 2016


Natalija Jermalajeva un Alisa Adamsone

OWA is a project of design clothes, which is founded by two friends, two classmates Natalia and Alise, who has special circumstances. Alise is an artist an young mother, who is raising two beautiful kids, but Natalia is manager, and was born with incurable illness, which 5 years ago led her to serious disability. Our products are qualitative design clothes with prints, based on watercolour paintings made by Alise. We are the only one such design project in Latvia, so we are standing out other clothing brands. Our aim is to show, that serious problems and circumstances are not the barrier for full life and own business. There are such stereotypes, that disabled people are not able to do serious work, and we, with our case, would like to break it. Our project is made to show other, that people, who fall into a difficult situation, began their own business, using their education and experience. We are ready to get new knowledge and share our experience to other.


Good Monkey

Oskars Kupcs un Ilona Korsunova

Socks are one of the least donated clothing items in orphanages and homeless shelters. We are going to change it! Good Monkey is a social enterprise which designs and sells durable socks with compression technology to those who prefer active lifestyle. From each pair of socks sold one pair is donated to children’s and youth centers. Socks main characteristics are comfort and durability provided by the cotton material and arch supporting compression technology which improves blood circulation and reduces blistering. Be good and #dogood (#DariLabu)


Craftsmen’s creations

Iveta Aseniece and Ilva Cimdina

The objective is to unite Ligatne region craftsmans and sell their handmade products: socks, gloves, carpets, toys, decorations, etc. We have a personal experience of making handcraft products and marketing them, for example, at the  different regional fairs. The creators of handmade products are socially marginalized part of the society: pensioners, disabled persons and long-term unemployed people who are willing and are capable to make a handcraft products, but who have difficulties in obtaining a materials and are powerless on selling their goods. We plan to deliver materials to craftsmen and to establish a trading platform of handmade products in order to improve the quality of life in Ligatne region. We would like to promote the crafts and handmade products as part of Latvian lifestyle and a cultural traditions; as well as to hand over handcraft skills and values to future generations.

Day Training Center “IeSPĒJA”

Olga Dogzina un Daina Kantane

Project ieSPĒJA is Day Centre in Ilukste region Bebrene. By opening Day Centre ieSPĒJA I would like to create a place where local people as well as the guests could have a possibility to gain new skills to improve their lifestyle. Centre will do: change or improve own garments or prepare presents from different materials and etc. It would give a possibility to connect and activate different groups of region people therefore improving local environment at the countryside. As a result of this project there would be the environment where different social groups would meet and socialize at the same time, therefore developing equality and communication of groups.

“Learning to learn”

Baiba Blomniece–Jurane (Latvia)

“Learning to learn” is a platform for children language and intellectual skill development. There are network of specialists to provide purposeful development for children with study difficulties.  Enterprise provides service and starts manufacturing of developing material.

Project offers:

  • Diagnostic of intellectual skills, learning achievements, speech and physical development to specificate areas of learning difficulties.
  • Individual plan for children development, made in cooperation with specialists, like psychologist, speech therapist, special pedagogue, neurologist, physiotherapist).
  • Consultations/classes for children with mentioned specialists.
  • Recommendations in work with children for teachers in school.
  • Workshop, seminars for parents and teachers.
  • To get material for children speech and intellectual development – “Balance platform” helps activate attention and memory for specific tasks.

The long term aim – to cover part of service costs for insecured families by Balance platforms sales.

Day support centre “Namiņš” [“Maisonette”]

Diana Meksa and Marite Tropa (Latvia)

Day-support centre “Namiņš” is being created as a support for children and youth suffering from AST and their families. Operation of the centre is actively provided by voluntary youth. Our goal is creation of an emotionally safe and community-approximated environment including supporting services for children and youth suffering from AST and their families, as well as facilitation of independence of autism patients and their integration into society. Following services would be provided: supportive communication, development of individual social rehabilitation programme, structured communication skills training programme, creative workshops for the promotion of the development pf professional skills; assistant’s services in the client’s place of residence. At the moment, we are organizing with voluntary youth camps for families with disabled children and youth; we are also organizing monthly meeting for the families and provide individual moral support.


Natalija Dunko-Lazdina (Latvia)

The project foresees the production of the different design objects and accessories, providing jobs for socially disadvantaged groups at risk, such as single mothers, disabled, unemployed people of the pre-retirement age. It is planned to launch the product for B2C customers in various souvenir shops, as well as to develop cooperation with B2B segment enterprises by offering Lote products as corporate gifts, promotional items etc.


Aleksandrs Faminskis and Julia Voronina (Latvia)

SOS ID is a project of a non-governmental organization BEZVESTS.LV. BEZVESTS.LV is dedicated to search of missing people. We provide various search and support activities, including public appeals about missing people on our web page, in social and other media, consultations through hot-line, email or personal meeting with a trained consultant and physical search activities on the field. Through our 7 years of experience in physical search of missing people, we are aware that search activities are extremely difficult and in most cases it is a matter of minutes. It is important to decrease the possible risk of a person gone missing though preventive activities. That is why we introduced identification bracelets, which significantly reduce the risk that a person might be gone missing, but if it is the case, then the identification bracelet will reduce the time required to find the person. The ID bracelets are very easy to use; they are made of hypoallergenic materials. Who is required to wear identification bracelets? In most cases these are following social groups: children aged 3 to 7, elderly people, elderly people or adults with specific needs. Those are most vulnerable groups or risk groups. In our opinion, safety of these vulnerable social groups is not only a priority to relatives and family, but also to the state. ,


The Hummus Team

Ieva Raubisko (Latvia)

Humusa komanda (The Hummus Team) is a small producer of authentic and delicious Middle Eastern food employing people with a refugee or alternative status in Latvia. The enterprise aspires to counter the stereotypes about refugees from the Middle East and promote their social integration in the Latvian society through their employment and exchange with the locals. The Hummus Team aims at improving the life conditions of refugees and encouraging socio-cultural exchange and friendly relationships between the newcomers and local people in Latvia.


Jurijs Bojcuks (Latvia)

Secret Santa is an international project of exchanging gifts among people who don’t know each other. Anyone can be a Secret Santa, regardless of age and place of residence. The basic idea – once a year, everybody who wants registers his/her email in our system, and after a while we mix all addresses and everybody receives random address where he or she promises to send a present. We learn to present not only gifts, but also a good mood! This project is 5 year old already and in a short term, we are looking for creation of an Internet platform (within a project) where everyone will be able to sell and buy gifts that they create. Also we plan, starting next year, to put this project on a regular basis (at least 6 times a year) with reference to various international holidays.