Read below the stories or Rauno from Estonia and Ino from Greece.
My name is Rauno and I am from the biggest Estonian island called Saaremaa. In 2019 after graduating from high school, I decided to take a year off to decide what I would like to do in life. I joined YENESIS project because it is one way to explore the world of different opportunities. I participated in one-week-long training back in January 2020, where I learnt about various topics such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, business innovation and sustainable transport. I was triggered by the linkages that can be made between business innovation and green jobs and I further applied and participated at the business mentorship meeting under the YENESIS project. As one of the obligations under the YENESIS project is to complete a local placement, I decided to invest my time further developing the street food booth called WIO Burger that me and my friends a few years ago founded. YENESIS project pushed me and my team to focus even more on using local ingredients and products from local businesses and to make sure that we use compostable food packaging to reduce the negative environmental impacts. As a co-owner, it is important for me to maintain the cash flow circulation on the local island by at the same time contributing to the islands sustainable tourism by providing a greener and local food place for the visitors to stop by. From all of this experience so far participating at the YENESIS project, I have learnt the importance of green jobs, clear communication and the effectiveness of time. WIO Burger has gained a lot of positive attention throughout this summer and we will definitely continue to grow. Our homepage can also be found from Facebook.