Isabel Olivert is one of three spanish participants in the European Florà project. A training programme of nine-month and focused to discover the social entrepreneurship to craftswomen. Olivert tell us her experience.
Why did you have interest in participating in this training?
My interest in this training project arose from the moment I received the link with the call of Federation of Rural Women's Associations. I thought it was what I needed right now, where I decided to launch my personal life project as an artisan and entrepreneur.
How do you get to the world of craftsmanship? What is your main aspiration?
In 2014 I decided to devote myself more fully to what I have devoted a lifetime of learning: ceramics. I estimate that in a period of three to five years I will have evolved towards my goals, which also comprehensively include life in the field, agricultural activity and the conduct of workshops and activities. Craftsmanship as an experience that will include lodging in the rural environment, craftsmanship of course, and nature.
How do you observe the current scenario of social entrepreneurship?
Social entrepreneurship today is more visible, more active. I only have to see the women of my mother's generation to see that in that field we have evolved, now women are freer and independent. The generation of our mothers, without going any further, could not access European projects, let alone in Spain obviously.
From Jovesólides we work and make social entrepreneurship more public. Do you think there any way to motivate people to get involved in this area?
I believe that the way to involve people in social entrepreneurship is done from the street, the neighborhood, through the neighbor, the community to which you belong… in short, from the closest thing to you, to what surrounds you, observing it as something that must be maintained, transformed and improved among all. Always in a team, in a solidarity, constant way and based on interests of common good.
What do you think highlight most about the experience of participating in Florà?
I emphasize my thanks to those who are making it possible, I highly appreciate the work that is being done to structure and organize it. And I think it's great to be able to share it with women with common but different goals, and also in our home countries.
Do you think that on a personal, professional level you will use what you have learned in training? How, in what way?
Since I started my solo project, and I think this is a big disadvantage, I need all the motivation, tools, and accompaniment that Florà offers me. Of course, it is serving me on a personal and professional level, it is at all levels a path of learning and personal growth.