Ithaca Laundry is an initiative to help homeless people to find their Ithaca. The team behind the idea is Thanos, Andili, Fanis, Dimitra and Christos, five young people living in Athens. They decided to create a laundry service in order to raise the hygiene standards of the homeless, restore their self esteem and dignity and create new opportunities for them. The mobile nature of this service allows the enterprise to maintain low costs because it is free from paying rents and similar operational costs. Moreover, they can approach and serve more homeless people and people who are often disinclined to leave their spots. - How it works? It is simple! The team collects clothes from each beneficiary and orders them. The clothes are washed and then dried, before being returned. Every wash and dry takes approximately 1 hour.
Ithaca has partnered with a number of other NGOs, which operate at their locations and provide alternate services to beneficiaries whilst they wait for their washing to finish, such as food, medical care and counselling. Anyone can join as a member and help! "Higher hygiene standards lead to dignity, and dignity to new opportunities"
Social Economy Fair in Rzeszów was opportunity to present effect of work for Social Integration Centers, Occupational Therapy Workshops, Professional Activity Centers, foundations and associations from the Podkarpackie Voivodship. The event happened on June the 10th, 2017. Social Economy Fair was aimed at significantly improving awareness society about social entrepreneurship and dissemination this form of activity in the region.After this event have been organized special attraction for family like contests, outdoor fun, concerts etc. It was the perfect combination of fun and learning about social economy. For this reason event was very popular with the local community.
Social economy is a field of economy that is not as popular in Poland as in other countries. Every year more and more companies are being bulid up, but their promotion and society engage in the products and services of such companies is still small. Social enterprises are business entities which activities have social objectives. They use business instruments and technologies to achieve social benefits. They operate under the different brands and legal forms, such as social cooperatives, Institutions of Professional Activity, Mutual Insurance, Public benefit companies, non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, labor cooperatives, loan guarantee and loan funds (including micro-loans), and finally non-governmental organizations activities in various forms . Social enterprises dedicate their profits for social purposes . As economic entity, they should generate income, but as business entities, operating for social purposes, are not focused on maximizing profit for shareholders. Their aim is to maximize social benefits, eg by providing good quality public services, working for local development or restoring dignity and economic independence to social excluded people. The absence of the law supports causes chaos in the sphere of functioning of social economy. It does not change regulations of the legal conditions of their activity. The consequence of this is reduction of the possibility of using various forms of social enterprise because it has to be based on the legal regulations which do not exist.