“Uluchay” Social-Economic Innovation Center is helping ex-prisoners in Sheki-Zagatala Region to establish their own businesses. Within the “Business development support to ex-prisoners” project funded within the European Union – Council of Europe Joint Project “Further Support to the Penitentiary Reform in Azerbaijan – 2” (JP SPERA – 2), Uluchay is delivering business development training sessions to ex-prisoners and helping them to establish their own businesses through the technical start-up support.
The project’s overall objective is to promote self-employment among ex-prisoners as a tool for rehabilitation and reintegration into society. Considering the overall objective, Uluchay is also working with stakeholders and local entrepreneurs and raising the awareness on social stigma on ex-prisoners and importance of supporting them through employment.
Uluchay is providing the technical start-up support to various businesses, including the bee-keeping, fishing farm, sheep breeding, poultries, car repair shops and others led by men and women ex-prisoners.