Social entrepreneurship is a type of business whose purpose is to solve one of the important problems in society, such as employment of the weakest social groups, environmental and climate change problems, or some other important task for the country. It is important to understand that a social business is a business, not charity or donation, and social businesses must offer services or goods on the market that people will buy not out of pity, but out of need or desire.
OWA is honored to be one of Latvia's social enterprises. Although from the outside we look like a classic business project, we really are not. Our goal is to change the prevailing stereotypes in society about the disabled and their working abilities, as well as to encourage people with disabilities to study, learn new and useful skills for the labor market, and get involved in the management of projects and companies.
The head of OWA regularly gives motivational speeches and tells her life story at various events, where she addresses young people, employers, as well as parents of children with disabilities, and motivates them to get involved in the labor market.
OWA is also a member of Latvian Social Entrepreneurship, as well as a graduate of the social entrepreneurship accelerator New Door. Latvian Social Entrepreneurship Association (LSUA) is a membership organization with the aim of promoting the development of social entrepreneurship in Latvia. It unites like-minded organizations, companies and people who believe that social entrepreneurship in Latvia has a huge potential and are also ready to participate in the creation and strengthening of this industry. Read more about social entrepreneurship - www.sua.lv.