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New skills, new opportunities for immigrants in Slovenia


A young woman sewing.
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An ESF-funded programme brings together immigrant women to set up a business while improving their language skills.

Razkrite roke 3’ is a creative and educational project that wants to improve the socialisation and employability of unemployed immigrant women, mostly from the former Yugoslavia, living in Jesenice.

These women have been regularly meeting in Jesenice and Ljubljana, where they have learned various textile design techniques and put them into practice while at the same time improving their Slovenian language skills. The meetings are a social occasion but also an opportunity to work with their hands, explore their cultural roots and earn some money.

The aim of the project is also to prepare a collection of textile products to sell online and to participate in the creation of a promotional video to use on crowd-funding platforms. ‘Razkrite roke 3’ is co-financed by the ESF and will conclude in July 2017 with a major exhibition in the centre of Ljubljana.