Entrepreneur of the month

Women from rural areas across partner countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Lithuania and the United Kingdom) are sharing their business stories. Find your story and be inspired to start a business adventure on your own.

Dream Deco - the story of Desi from Bulgaria

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Desislava Yankova - Kostadinova is a 32 years old lady from the town of Sandanski, Bulgaria and an owner of “Dream Deco Studio”. Desislava is a real inspiration for women from her community. A loving wife and mother of a 7-year-old girl, Desislava has a Masters in Law, but she would like to refer to herself more as an artist than as a lawyer.

Health is my passion - Becky Lyne from the UK

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I’ve been lucky in life. From a young age, I discovered what my passion was: Health. In pursuing a healthy lifestyle, this led me to become a  a professional athlete. The happiness and enjoyment I find in being active and eating healthily, plus the psychological growth that comes hand in hand with pushing your limits and bucking the norm, is something that I love to try and share with others.

Supplements from the pure nature of Iceland

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Pure Natura Ltd. is an Icelandic company focused on marketing the purest whole food supplement in the world, using only all Icelandic natural ingredients. The company uses organ meats from free range, grass fed lambs that are raised without pesticides, hormones or antibiotics, in combination with Icelandic wild harvested herbs. The company is owned by Hildur Þóra Magnúsdóttir, Rúna Kristin Sigurðardóttir, Sigriður Ævarsdóttir and Halldór Gunnlaugsson.

From horseback riding to an archivist and back

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Gerda Žibūdaitė, one of the leaders of the network of women entrepreneurs, is an example and inspiration for more than one businesswomen in Marijampolė County. Starting from 12 years of age, Gerda has been horse-riding for almost all her life. Although after graduating from high school, she decided to leave horses and escape to another city to study the Bachelor of Archivistics, it was not so easy to disentangle everything.

Love, peace and strawberries

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I own a small family agricultural business but I grow strawberries together with my family. We all love nature and agriculture. My full-time job is selling. I worked for some other company until I got fired in 2012. Since we needed money for my son's education, and only my husband worked at that time, I went to Kutina, a small town in the south of the country to my friends who needed help with their own business; collecting strawberries. I had plenty of time, and I really enjoyed collecting them.

Organic - from a passion to a business

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There are those types of people that have the ability to motivate others and “infect” them with their passion, self-devotion and enthusiasm. Such is the story of Ani Simeonova from Sandanski who is currently living her dream of owning and managing her own organic cosmetics e-shop. Ani, a mother of two, has been working as a project manager in a non-profit organization for the past 20 years.

Creates Cosiness in Clients’ Interiors

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After having established her own design studio “Ideas for home” more than a year and a half ago in the old town of Vilkaviškis in Lithuania, Irma Žilinskaitė is happy with her business. She has now connected to the Network of Entrepreneurial Women in the Marijampolė region. The designer herself tells us about newly discovered opportunities and freedom after the establishment of business.

Outdoor Nursery in the Peak District

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My name is Janet Packer and I come from a town close to the Peak District in the United Kingdom. I am currently in the process of setting up an outdoor nursery for children aged 2 to 5 in the Peak District! The idea is to have around 4 acres of space outside where children can learn through playing, grow their own food, learn to cook on a campfire etc. If this goes well, I would like to grow the business to after school and holiday clubs, family sessions and to also offer training to other early years practitioners. Currently, I am working with potential investors to get my own piece of land.

Inspiration and creativity

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Íris Ösp Sveinbjörnsdóttir is an imaginative and creative graphic designer from Iceland,. She graduated with BA degree from the University Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy, where she still lives but she is planning to return to Iceland in a few months. Íris works as a freelancer in advertisements and in product development. She likes every aspect of the creation process. What gives her the most inspiration and satisfaction is when she has the opportunity to shape and design the overall look of companies.

Tatanja's lavender farm in Croatia

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TatjanaPokupec Božić is an economist and an entrepreneur from Croatia. She inherited a land in the heart of the Croatia province Hrvatsko Zagorje. At the same time, she enrolled and completed training for the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. She wanted to connect these resources and add something magical, special and unique. Thus was born the idea of planting lavender on the continent!

Tourism at Laugabol Farm

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I was born and raised in the west part of the capital city Reykjavik while at twenty years old I moved to the rural where my former husband worked as an agricultural consultant. During this time I was fascinated by the untouched nature of Iceland. The next few years I lived in the countryside and was among other things, with a dairy farm and a mother of three children.

Monife - the story of Tony from Bulgaria

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Antoaneta Kirilova – an exceptionally cheerful and fascinating young lady and an owner of Monife - Events and Communications Agency. Antoaneta (known as Tony) defines herself as someone who by nature is very vigorous and in a constant need to pursue various activities that develop and inspire her.

The "absurd" ideas of Jurgita from Lithuania

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Jurgita Jakubauskaite owns design studio “Absurdo idėjos” (Ideas of Absurd) since 2010. Jurgita says that by choosing such name, she was not trying to shock anybody, she just wanted to define precisely the philosophy of her company. The word absurd means something unreasonable, illogical while the idea is the main core of a product. It follows that the aim of the Ideas of Absurd aim is to give meaning to absurdity: to provide a new life to all kind of unused materials.

The curry flavoured story of Sarah from the UK

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Sarah Dadswell runs the restaurant Hilltop Curry House in Hope Valley in the Peak District, UK. My family comes from South India but nearly all the Indian food served in Indian restaurants in the UK is North Indian cuisine. I live in the Peak District, where there is an abundance of wonderful local ingredients, so my idea was to introduce new South Indian flavours to the Hope Valley in the Peak District, using local ingredients to create really high quality, delicious, affordable, homemade South Indian curries.

Saloukee jewellery

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Sarah Shakespeare owns Saloukee, designing and making statement jewellery. Relatively new to the business, she also recently moved to rural Shropshire from London. Sarah recently attended a WiRE business growth course and this helped her to decide to take on her first employee. She has subsequently won her first order from a large American department store.

Sally Robinson in the UK

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Sally started the business in 2002 when the dairy farm on which she lives with her family needed some extra income. Looking around for a gap in the market, Sally decided upon the idea of producing a range of lingerie which would cater to larger women usually ignored by standard retail. ‘There isn’t a particular interest in lingerie’ says Sally, ‘we just thought it would work.

Last modified: Friday, 6 July 2018, 12:18 PM