Success stories

Creative recycling!

Within the economic program, the Women's Centre Uzice has started an enterprise that will deal with the recycling of textiles. Currently there is a recycling Centre, which organizes the collection of second-hand clothes.

Country: Serbia

Women’s Centre Užice is a citizens association founded in 1998 with the aim to raise awareness in the local community about the status of women and activate women in pursuing their rights and economic empowerment. Their goals are accomplished through three programs:

- health care program,

- economic program and

- educational program.

Within the economic program, the Women's Centre Uzice has started an enterprise that will deal with the recycling of textiles. Currently there is a recycling Centre, which organizes the collection of second-hand clothes. Most of the clothes are given away to vulnerable citizens. They plan to launch a new, larger recycling centre for textiles, which will collect the textile waste from factories and convert it into a new raw material, to be sold to factories that use recycled textiles.

Women's Centre Uzice wants to start producing several different lines of products made from recycled textiles. Their social enterprise will hire women, members of certain vulnerable groups. They will produce bags, slippers, vanity cases, decorative jewellery boxes, decorative flowers and pillows. The items will are handmade and unique.

The mission of the Women's Centre Uzice is to improve the status and quality of life for all women, especially women from disadvantaged groups, through - raising awareness of women about their rights, potentials and status, providing support to women in exercising their rights and improving their status; networking with other NGOs and involvement in women's networks.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmiOJTxHwS8

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/zenskicentarue/

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