How did Ana Cucu manage to start up a sweetshop in the village of Colibași, Cahul district?
Ana Cucu from the village of Colibași, Cahul district, is particularly fond of sweets. This hobby turned into a business in 2015, when she opened “Sweet House” and since then started bringing joy to her customers, with mouth-watering delights. In her confectionery, Ana Cucu prepares the tastiest cakes and sweets. Ana's neighbours and relatives were her first customers, but soon the number of orders started to go up.
To keep up with the demand, Ana decided to expand her business. “Sweet House” confectionery teamed up with “Lunca Prutului de Jos” Local Action Group and received a grant of €5,000 from the European Union.
Thanks to “EU4Moldova: Focal Regions” programme, funded by EU and implemented by UNDP and UNICEF, her dream turned into reality.
Ana moved the confectionary to another building, after it was repaired, furnished and equipped with all the needed machinery according to standards and hygienic rules.
She generated two jobs, bought furniture both for the production unit and for the guest recreation room. She also bought a high-performance refrigerated display case for the confectionery.
The "EU4Moldova: Focal Regions" programme (2019-2024) supports smart, inclusive, and sustainable socio-economic development in Cahul and Ungheni regions, in order to ensure a better quality of life for citizens. The programme has a total budget of €23 million. It is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).