Success stories

Rodion Sobchenko, administrator of Riomax-Prim
The nutritional and medicinal value of sea buckthorn – a flowering shrub that produces compact orange fruit – has been known in Europe for generations. Yet despite its growing reputation as a “super fruit”, particularly beneficial for treating skin disorders, until now, there were no producers in the Republic of Moldova able to deliver industrial quantities of this curative product. “The thought...
Apricots are among the fruit grown on Constantin Andriuţă's farm
Constantin Andriuţă from the village of Şeptelici near Soroca has always been successful in agricultural business. Since graduating in agribusiness in 1996, his business has grown and he has succeeded in diversifying his crops, with a particular focus on horticulture. He planted apple, pear, apricot, cherry, walnut and peach orchards, eventually joining up with four other agricultural enterprises...
manager of Biox Comerţ, Roman Balan
Although the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) sector is promising in the Republic of Moldova, the lack of investment is making it uncompetitive, and this means the economic growth that could be generated by the private sector is yet to materialise. Interest rates on commercial loans offered by banks are far too high for small businesses, and the repayment terms are too short, so the...
Whether in restaurants, our kitchens and bathrooms or large-scale businesses, tiles are everywhere in our daily lives. Chinese producers have discovered this opportunity and taken a significant market share in recent years. But European consumers have other options closer to home. Keramo Rosso produces its ceramic tiles in Taraclia, southern Moldova, in a factory which employs about 150 employees...
The Exporters ’ Academy was recently launched in the Republic of Moldova by the Moldovan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), so that Moldovan entrepreneurs could become familiar with the rules of exporting to the European market. As part of this initiative, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in April 2018 organised two trainings in cooperation with the CCI – one for beginner...
Harnessing the possibilities of the web opens up new business expansion opportunities for companies through direct interaction with their clients. Those who are aware of this cannot lose. Chișinău-based Vitra, a company specialising in designing and manufacturing commercial and industrial furniture is now convinced of this. With support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (...
In an age dominated by information technologies, keeping people interested in reading is becoming a real challenge. Since books are still the best way of passing on knowledge, the only solution open to publishers is to move with the times and use the new virtual tools to add value to books. In the Republic of Moldova, the EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses , which is financed by the European...
Ilie Tricolici has invested to expand his livestock business
“Things change and you have to adapt. When you are lucky enough to build your life around your business and your business around your life, you want to choose the right partner for financial matters,” says livestock farmer Ilie Tricolici, who managed to grow his business by borrowing from Microinvest – a micro-finance organisation with funds from the European Fund for South East Europe (EFSE) and...
“What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” This quote describes perfectly the wine industry of the Republic of Moldova, which slowly but surely has found the strength to recover after the Russian Federation’s embargoes, imposed first in 2006 and then in 2013. The wine export restrictions imposed by Russia in 2006, at a time when Russia was the main market for Moldovan wines and...
There are many ingredients that go into making good wine: the grape varieties, the terroir – that mythical combination of soil, topography, and climate – and of course the expertise of the winemaker. But behind the glamour and the heritage, winemaking is also an industry that requires its entrepreneurs to have the right equipment for the job. With the support of EU4Business , two companies in the...