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Nositelj projekta: Marián Zeman

Odgovorna osoba: Marián Zeman


1. nagrada


Civilno društvo / Društvena ekonomija

O čemu je riječ?

Living conditions in marginalized Roma communities (conditions for living that do not meet basic standards as water, sewerage, electricity) prevent families and individuals to break free from this environment without the help of majority population. The NGO Projekt DOM.ov was established in order to help to eliminate the causes of social and spatial exclusion of Roma community through offering families and individuals a chance to get involved into its program that supports them in the process of building their own home. Self-help is an important part of the process that is supported by us.


Roma communities in Slovakia lack critical access to safe housing and the financial resources to purchase a home. Projekt domov ("Project Home") supports families and individuals from marginalised Roma communities to finance, build, and own a home through microcredits to end intergenerational poverty.


Projekt domov’s goal is to provide access to inclusive housing for marginalised communities. The project targets the social and financial barriers of families from Roma communities to obtain decent housing. With the support of local municipalities, Projekt domov advises marginalised families through the process of accessing financial support, purchasing land, and building and owning their new home.


The client/home builder(s) and their families are the most important actors. Municipalities and their representatives are also key to organise the project implementation in their villages. Projekt Domov‘s diverse team of social workers support both clients and municipalities. The Slovenská sporiteľňa bank (Slovak savings bank of the Erste Bank Group) provides access to microcredits to finance the construction of the new homes.


Access to safe and quality housing has improved the standard of living for our clients – especially their children. Marginalised communities not only have access to owning a home, but also acquire financial literacy skills, self-confidence, and vocational skills. This has led to better health, educational, and social conditions for children; it is an opportunity to end intergenerational poverty.


The project is transferrable to any village, municipality, or city with a marginalised Roma community. Projekt domov is currently active in villages located in three out of eight regions in Slovakia – Prešov, Košice, and Banská Bystrica regions.

Ocjena žirija

Marginalised families build not only new houses and homes, but also new lives. Projekt domov prepares and guides both Roma families and leaders in rural communities. The Roma families build and finance their own houses; they are guided by social workers during the entire process. They have access and pay back the necessary microcredits to the local savings bank branch. An overall socially innovative programme with a definite goal: quality housing promotes healthy living; it is inclusive and liberating especially for families and children.