Project Summary
CONTEXT
According to data from the European Commission, in the entrepreneur category women figure as 29% of the total, with a slight increase of 3%
from 2008 to today (1). These data show an underutilization of the female workforce, corroborated by statistics on the overall employment of
women in Europe, equal to 67.4% in 2018 (against an average of 79% for the male counterpart) (2). The European Union is founded on core
values, including equality. And it promotes equality between men and women at all levels3 is one of these. Promoting self-employment and
female entrepreneurship, to increase employment levels and the economic autonomy of women, is therefore a desirable action.


THE PROJECT
The “European Handmakers Network” project is part of this theme, proposing the creation of a digital platform that allows European women
handmakers (hobbyists) to have a place where they can be followed by online mentoring activities in English, in order to increase their skills and
turn their hobby into a micro business. This mentoring activity may concern not only women already operating in the manual labor sector, but
also those who want to transform their home craft business into a job. Many women in various regions of Europe in fact already deal with the
production of handiworks, which contribute informally to the sustenance of the family. In addition, women who are already successfully carrying
out their entrepreneurial activity would be given the opportunity to exercise a role of trainers and to be a good example for other women, as well
as to promote their business at European level.
The digital platform would allow to:
1. Deepen the financial training of handmakers;
2. Provide methodological tools on the start of self-employment;
3. Develop the communication and training skills of the mentors registered on the platform;
4. Disseminate the exchange of good practices, through peer-to-peer mentor-handmaker training;
5. Create a sustainable training network at European level between mentors and users.
The project therefore envisages cooperation between different partners at European level, with a specification of the roles and tasks to be
performed. The organizations involved will thus be able to make available their skills in communication, training, ICT and financial education to
be able to carry out the project, under the coordination of Creativi108 which already has projects focused on similar issues, such as the project “
Florà: Handmade across Europe “(2017-1-IT02-KA204- 036766).


TARGET GROUPS:
– Hobbyist women
-Unemployed women
-Women who intend to start their own micro-business
-Successful businesses run by women
-Training organizations in the economic and financial fields

BENEFICIARIES:
-Women handmakers
-Women who intend to start their own micro-business
-Women entrepreneurs
– Businesses run by women
– Women’s organizations
-Families where women informally produce artifacts
– EU organizations in the field of women’s employment
-Training organizations dealing with self-entrepreneurship


EXPECTED IMPACT:
On women handmakers:
-Development of skills useful for establishing a micro enterprise
-Acquisition of methodological tools to start your own business
-Ability to join an online community to increase your success
-Ability to be able to transform your informal home business into a micro-enterprise that generates income
-Ability to be able to learn about good practices
-Be part of a European solidarity network
On women entrepreneurs:
-Development of communication skills in mentoring (through mentoring guide)
-Exchange good practices
-International advertising of their businesses through training activities
-Be part of a European solidarity network
The project consortium aims to respond proactively to what is stated in article 23 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
regarding equality between men and women in all areas (4).It will bring together 6 partners from EU countries, among which there will be
organizations that deal with communication and with skills on