E Jona aims to promote the social interaction and networking of all Albanian young people, those with and without disabilities. Whilst E Jona targets young with disabilities in particular, it is a space that is open to and encourages the interaction of all members of society.
Different activities will be promoted in the café, such as the display of artwork by disabled artists, music from disabled musicians, craftwork displays, integrated theater evenings, sign language courses, etc. E Jona offers competitive prices, ensuring accessibility to all social groups, regardless of economic status. The café will employ six young people with disabilities as bar tenders, waiters and sanitary staff.
E Jona aims to provide an atmosphere of appreciation, where every person is respected and included. Personal differences are no longer differences at E Jona.
E Jona’s mission is to promote social interaction, socialization and networking among disabled and non-disabled young people in Albania by providing a space that integrates all people and provides equal access to all. It also aims to raise awareness among the general public regarding the challenges, the respect and the dignity of people with different abilities.
The first of its kind in Albania, E Jona is partially operated by disabled people, thus providing employment and inclusion opportunities to a community which is strongly affected by unemployment, while also offering wide entrances and easy access for wheelchairs.
Bar, snacks, catering, social events, ect.
The founding team consists of four women who bring various complementary backgrounds to the table and also experience with the disability rights. This team of 4 young women won the Social Business contest of Yunus Social Business, coming first among more than 50 business plans.