About 20 businessmen participated in a unique workshop
For two days regional businessmen, which collect and market non-timber forest products (such as berries, mushrooms and herbs), were learning about food certification process, business-planning peculiarities, taxes, accountancy, touristic legislation and state support of small business.
WWF and Citi Foundation work together in Kamchatka for three years now supporting small communities and family businesses. The joint project is aimed at improving the socio-economic environment and living conditions in remote villages by creating new legal jobs as an alternative to grey- and black-market jobs, like poaching.
And consultancy is only a part of that project. The other part is financial support in micro-grant form. Micro-grants are given to businessmen in reliance upon their approved business plans. Applications of those businessmen who have attended workshops will have priority.
Two more workshops will take place in Kamchatka this month. Seminars will take place in Milkovo on November 11-12 and Esso on November 13 a workshop will take place in Esso.