Sara Rajabli

Country representing

Azerbaijan

Languages

Azerbaijani
Russian

Education

  • Azerbaijan Tourism and Management University
  • B.A. in Tourism and Hospitality

Current organisation

BUTA Art & Sweets(a platform, solving unemployment problem of women with special needs through sales of homemade sweets,prepared by them), Social Business Youth Center, Free to Travel, National Assembly of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Current role

Founder, Managing Director, Youth Ambassador

Skills and Expertise

Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

In 10 months without any external investments, experience of working with people with special needs and sales of sweets we could involve more than 15 women with special needs by empowering them through education and business, enlarge our menu to 23 types of sweets, cooperate successfully with more than 30 international and local companies, organizations and event organizers(including AIESEC, USAID, Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Fairmont Hotel Baku, Yunus Social Business Center, U.S. Embassy, National Youth Council etc.), represent our products at large scale events in Russia, France, Hungary and Bahrain. As the first social business project from Azerbaijan, we have been selected for “Yunus & Youth” Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program 2018 and currently we participate at their acceleration and mentorship program. Through different events we tried to show our heroes in order to break stereotypes in mind of local people that “disability” is only in our minds. People, who didn’t believe in existence of this project because of our team members, now are expressing their gratitude for being role models despite all physical, psychological and emotional challenges. Those women have been interviewed by BBC and local media channels and we saw how much we can learn from them instead of isolating ourselves from them. Our story was featured on official EEAS website. After gaining such success for short time just with 85 Euro bootstrapping, I decided to share my experience of launching social business in Azerbaijan. Here is another platform appeared : Social Business Youth Center, aiming to promote and enlighten social entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan through non-formal education tools. With 0 budget, we could organize in 3 months 10 events with 850+ applications 140+ participants, involving speakers from local and international organizations & companies.