Samarcanda is a social co-operative dedicated to integrating disadvantaged people in everyday life, developing local activities in collaboration with local authorities, such as providing daycare services as well as technical and administrative support to other social initiatives in the area. Over time the co-operative has developed a shelter named “Casa Bakhita” which hosts people with very different backgrounds, from social distress linked to the economic crisis, to health and therapeutic problems. Samarcanda works on the capacities, skills, sensitivity and motivation of these people, in the frame of a personal plan of redemption, in a logic of empowerment, giving people a chance to integrate society by learning a new job.

Reclò is a project born inside “Casa Bakhita” in Schio, North-East Italy, and it aims at creating new jobs for people in need. The shelter’s guests are trained in a laboratory called Ciclofficina, where they learn the art of bicycle maintenance through the use of sustainable means. Additionally, they transform bicycles scraps into beautiful items of furniture, following the designs provided by two technical design schools of the region. The final products are sold in the e-commerce website developed thanks to the support of the Only The Brave Foundation.

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