Small wonderland of angels and magnificent creatures in Tbilisi
27 December, 2016
Small wonderland of angels and magnificent creatures in Tbilisi
At the corner of one of the central streets of Tbilisi, there is a cute workshop where magical wooden toys and decorations are crafted. Upon entering the shop you’ll find yourself in a fairy tale world of angels, deer, nutcrackers and other magnificent creatures. One will be amazed that instead of elves these distinctive toys and decorations are made by real people consisting of enthusiastic youth and persons with disabilities.
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Babale is a social enterprise, where 7 youth with limited abilities are working and creating captivating items that one will hardly resist not to purchase. Various distinguished wooden shapes decorated with blue, red and golden patterns will ultimately attract your attention. Besides, a visitor will be lucky enough to observe the process of making these amazing toys as well.

Babale counts a year and a half of its existence and during this period around 30 persons with special needs were involved in the enterprise.The enterprise is manufacturing various wooden items, toys as well as textile. Babale’s core strategy is reinvesting its revenue, in particular developing the enterprise and paying salary to the employees.

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At present there are more than 150 000 PWD’s in Georgia and one of the main problems for them
is unemployment.

“In order to help persons with disabilities to live independent life it is crucial for them to develop new skills and be employed. So we established Babale that is aimed at promoting and supporting inclusive education as well employment among persons with disabilities. On the first stage we teach them professional skills as well as how to get to work using public transport. In many cases these basic skills need to be developed, since sometimes schools and families cannot support them to advance themselves. On the second stage they do internship to acquire particular profession and on the last stage they are employed”, - Says one of the founders of the enterprise Lia Tabatadze.
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According to her, currently  the enterprise does not get enough revenue to carry out social projects, yet if everything goes well and the production increases, it will fulfill its goals.

So if you want to bring happiness to your home, make your Christmas tree look special and simultaneously do a good deed, then definitely drop in to the workshop and get an angle for yourself.
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Author: Eto Purtskhvanidze

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