Tamara Șchiopu

Tamara Șchiopu

How do you think, why the people from Chisinau and from the country should participate at the Civic Fest?

Civil society is composed of people who noticed a need to dedicate themselves to this sector and to certain causes. Each participant can learn at Civic Fest about the successes of his colleagues, can inspire and learn from them through this forum for communication.

If you were to draw a common denominator specific for non-governmental organizations operating in the Republic of Moldova, which would it be?

I’m looking outwards, towards what is happening in the world and try to apply what’s good in Moldova. This being said, I know that there are NGOs who are looking not only to the West but to the East each of them having its own agenda and its own cause.

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur

What is the most important project that you conducted this year within the organization you represent?

BOSTANIADA Ethno Gastronomic Festival is a national event with social purposes, but a self-financing one, with the intention to cover all the expenses independently.  The surplus would be reinvested in the organization of the next edition. Unfortunately, the project is in standstill, only 10 days before its deployment, local corporations are trying to exploit it for the purposes of gain and to boycott the promotion. I try to be optimistic, but we need the support of the entire civil society to maintain this unique festival.

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur

I would like, please, to know more about the social enterprise EtnoGastronomica: who are the employees and how this entrepreneurial project started from an idea and became a business with a substantial social component?

Like many small businesses, EtnoGastronomica does not have employees. There are two founders, one of them is me, now implement ideas as volunteers, using the surplus to invest in marketing and new business. We launched EtnoGastronomica to have a legal framework for our activities. Activities which aim to preserve ethno-gastronomic traditions of the country. So we try to apply them, care for them and present them to the general public in a modern format. Our business model is business-to-business.

We are obliged to create a profit, which will be later  reinvested in our business goals, after covering all expenses. The social component is the most important part is our niche, because what we like to do at EtnoGastronomica is actually a social fabric for young and future generations.

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur

How open are economic agents from Moldova to support CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiatives? From your point of view what would determine them to allocate substantial budgets to the CSR field?

The concept of social entrepreneurship in Moldova – “social enterprise” – is poorly understood and less applied. It was always confused with social businesses, NGOs and large companies CSR programs. Neither lawmakers do not understand it and apply it in a limited way.

In fact, social entrepreneurship refers most frequently in the West, to small and medium Ltd. who noticed a niche market for certain services of social purpose and use actively these opportunities. For example, in England, where old village pubs are closing because of the competition with large breweries, villagers formed a new company (SRL) which create for them an association and this way they save this public place and develop it.

Without a deep awareness of the essence of social entrepreneurship by the authorities and without a strong campaign to promote the concept, businesses will remain passive towards it. Being an enormous corporation with high profits which are divided among the founders and a program of corporate CSR – that does not mean social entrepreneurship. However, to be a company that aims to involve business in solving a social problem – that is social entrepreneurship.

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur at Civic Fest 2014

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur at Civic Fest 2014

Can we consider mass media really open in covering social responsibility projects in Moldova?

The same problem. Moldovan journalists do not actually understand the concept and confuse a bit NGOs with social businesses (which are only one side of the social entrepreneurship). I think that the media would show very responsive, if it would provide more successful examples from our country and would promote this concept at a national level.

What are the most important dialog panels that were approached in the Civic Fest this year?

I believe that absolutely all dialog panels are important and relevant. I hope the panel on Social Entrepreneurship will further reveal its essence through inspiring examples from Moldova.

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur

TAMARA SCHIOPU, nutritionist, social entrepreneur

What have determined you to be dedicated considering the social responsibility projects?

It is the most successful form of entrepreneurship. For me and for all my values ​​and aspirations. I do not like to stay with hand outstretched, to live by waiting grants and providing reports. I like to be independent, flexible and risk free action, but by that I’m not avoiding the profit or paying taxes process.

Can the culture from Republic of Moldova be considered as an influencing or awareness instrument for the social problems of our country?

As the gastronomy and sport, culture is extremely effective in transmitting social messages. Excepting the fact that it requires a transmission in an very  attractive, modern, pleasing to the younger generation way.

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