In an area of few entrepreneurial opportunities SPI is creating a business using local cultural heritage to build futures and save pasts


    The Site   Samokov is the regional capital of a region famous for its cultural heritage. In particular there are twelve late Roman and Mediecal fortresses which guarded the important resources and trade routes. Unfortunately many of the fortresses are very neglected, which the population having little knowledge of their history. Some, like Tzari Mali Grad, have been restored and are now attracting tourists.

The Site

Samokov is the regional capital of a region famous for its cultural heritage. In particular there are twelve late Roman and Mediecal fortresses which guarded the important resources and trade routes. Unfortunately many of the fortresses are very neglected, which the population having little knowledge of their history. Some, like Tzari Mali Grad, have been restored and are now attracting tourists.

    The Community   Samokov is ….. The people are…. Why we are working there…

The Community

Samokov is ….. The people are…. Why we are working there…

    The Project   To create better entrepreneurial opportunities for local people SPI is working with archaeologists and authorities for local people to create businesses and take better advantage of tourism and cultural heritage in the area. The business will sell souvenirs and crafts to visitors reflecting local archaeological sites, raising awareness of the rich history of the region.

The Project

To create better entrepreneurial opportunities for local people SPI is working with archaeologists and authorities for local people to create businesses and take better advantage of tourism and cultural heritage in the area. The business will sell souvenirs and crafts to visitors reflecting local archaeological sites, raising awareness of the rich history of the region.


Achievements

  • Local people are operating under the brand ‘12 Fortresses’, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the area.

  • Souvenir magnets and tote bags are on sale now. Visit Samokov and Tzari Mali Grad and buy some.

The Big thing we have learned

  • Local leadership is crucial for success!

The Future

  • The business is just beginning. More products and more local sites are coming!