Success stories of pilot LEADER projects


The following success stories describe briefly a few of the pilot projects implemented by LEADER within the LEADER Programme in the Republic of Moldova. In 2018 were implemented more than 160 projects with a budget of approx. 330.000,00 Euro. Implementation of the LEADER approach in Moldova started in 2015/2016 with the involvement of different partners and with support of several donors (including EU, HEKS MOLDOVA, Polish aid, USAID, UK Aid and Estonian MFA).


The Necula Family

LAG Plaiul Codrilor

“Our business will create new job opportunities”

We’ve visited the Necula family on a warm autumn morning. This colourful season could fill your lungs with its fresh perfume. Now, all the trips to the Moldovan villages are more enjoyable, as every landscape is eye-catching and every leaf falls poetically.

Vasile Porubin

LAG Plaiul Codrilor

“We aim to produce high quality honey”

A new day brings us again to Dolna village, as we visit the beehive workshop organized in the framework of a project, which is supposed to modernize these houses of bees
“My name is Vasile Porubin and I live here, in Dolna.

Mihai Chitaica

LAG Serpentina Nistrului

“I managed to train the children to achieve high performances”

Here’s a new history about a project destined to develop a healthy community and, we believe, to accustom children to a healthy lifestyle. We’re talking about the project “Safe tourism and sports activities” of the “Serpetina Nistrului”

Elena Smorandi

LAG Cismeaua Sudului

“The Ostrich Menagerie”

What would make a tourist who visits Gagauzia travel kilometers of bad road to get almost to the country’s southernmost point? A mini-menagerie of ostriches, Dmitrii Ianul from Cismichioi thought. He even got funding from the European Union to make this idea come true.

Piotr Radcov

LAG ECO Düz Yalpugel

“The new boiler will save us from sad events

Selling cucumbers and tomatoes by phone: who would have thought? Piotr Radcov is not a mere farmer or entrepreneur, he is more of a pathfinder. He is an informal leader amongst his peers, as soon as he comes up with a new idea, the others copy it.

Galina Minceva

LAG Bugeac Kilim

“I want to develop the business, I know I can do more”

Here’s a new history about a project destined to develop a healthy community and, we believe, to accustom children to a healthy lifestyle. We’re talking about the project “Safe tourism and sports activities” of the “Serpetina Nistrului”

Elena Smorandi

LAG ECO Düz Yalpugel

“Magic Ingredients for a Business”

At the touristic complex “Gagauz Sofrasi” from Congaz, the food is also prepared with products from Elena Smorandi, beneficiary of European support, through the Local Action Group ‘ECO Düz Yalpugel’. She has been growing, drying and offering to everyone special plants used in the Gagauzian kitchen.

Ruslan Liteanschi

LAG Zhemchuzhina Yuga

“All roads lead to … Musait!”

Every Thursday, people of Musaitu village in Taraclia district, populated mostly with Bulgarian ethnics, have a new meeting point, right in the heart of their small community – the agricultural market, recently inaugurated. Alexandru Tatu is a senior citizen and a regular trader at the local market.

Alexandru Moldovan

LAG Cismeaua Sudului

“The rabbit lover”

Another tourist attraction would be the household where they grow rabbits. For this reason, but also to support the small entrepreneur’s development, the Local Action Group decided to fund through SARD the “Iujnii crolic” farm [the Southern Rabbit Farm], which belongs to Alexandru Moldovan.