16 January 2023
Marina Cladicov's bakery in Ungheni is expanding with the support of the EU
Her passion for cooking dates to her childhood, when she and her grandmother waited by the stove for the bread to raise. Traditional pastry and bakery products are the pride of the Cladicov family and the appreciation of customers bring them a lot of joy. Eight types of pies, noodles, and homemade dumplings, pancakes, and many other products are prepared daily for the residents of Ungheni. Thanks to the good value for money, anyone can afford the products. The pies have a special place in the heart of the bakery, as they are cooked in front of the customer and served hot. Now the company employs seven people. Under the “EU4Moldova: Focal Regions regions” programme, financed by the EU, the Cladicov family benefited from financial support worth €15,000. Thanks to the EU grant, a new bakery was opened and four more people were hired. The investment supported the bakery’s development, thanks to newly purchased equipment for dough and pastry, a convection steam oven, a dough mixer, a noodle maker, and freezers. The bakery is successful thanks to the delicious taste of the products, but also their quality, since they are prepared without any additives. New and old customers motivate her to go ahead and treat them with delicious food. The “EU4Moldova: Focal Regions” programme (2019-2024) supports smart, inclusive, and sustainable social and economic development in the regions of Cahul and Ungheni to ensure a better quality of life for citizens. The programme, with a total budget of €23 million provided by the European Union, is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).