Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Economics

Professor Baiba Rivza,, +371  2925 4469

Rural Women's Association

Professor Maiga Kruzmetra,,

Tel: +371 2639 5355

These organization/institution have long-term experience in training of rural women in entrepreneurship, business economics, networking (micro-credit project as mentioned above). They have also been active in building up regional and local resource centres all over Latvia in the earlier mentioned "FEM-project".


NGO ETNA Estonia (MTÜ ETNA Eestimaal)

Sirje Wällmann, - adult education manager,

Sirje has long-term qualifications as trainer, lecturer and project leader. Work with focus on training of mainly women in the rural areas in Estonia, such as women's entrepreneurship, tourism, marketing and also in training of NGO leaders. Started project "Women can" fair. Active in Interreg III B project "FEM - Female entrepreneurial meeting places in the Baltic Sea region" as Mentoring Workpackage leader 2004- 2007. Project manager for Grundtvig project ECULT (How to get cultural and environmental elements strengthen rural tourism) for female entrepreneurs from Estonia/Finland/Poland) 2007-2009.


Contakt person: Elle Allik

MTÜ PAIK / Adviser
Mob: +372 518 4953
Tel: +372 322 8448

Elle is advisor and project co-ordinator at NGO PAIK. Long-term experience in business economy and organizing seminars and training. Expertise in counseling entrepreneurship projects.

Non-profit organization the MTÜ PAIK (NPO Pandivere  Development and Incubation Center )

is situated in the southern part of Lääne-Virumaa County (Laekvere, Rakke, Tamsalu and Väike-Maarja rural municipalities). It was founded on 7 April 2006. The main goal is to help the development of local life and initiative. The NPO also carries the role of the Leader local activity group. MTÜ PAIK  is an active partner in several projects such as EKIE and LEADER.


Working language will be English.

Each country leads a pilot group in native language and will be responsible for the training material.

Each country decides which further organization/institutions will be linked to the project on a voluntary basis. The participating institutions/other invite expert organizations in order to have their full support from the start.

Expert organizations/institutions will be contacted for support and sharing of information: These might be:

Regional Council of the County, the adviser in business growth and development in the cultural, tourism and related trade entrepreneurs.

The Regional Administration of the County

The County Museum

The Local Heritage Movement in the County with village associations

Tourism Agencies

Regional Resource Centres 

The Municipality expert on tourism, trade and industry

Trade and Industry associations

The project leader for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Centre of Education

Genealogy Research Association

Further the local heritage movement associations, who can contribute with our local history and highlight women to learn of and give us hints about persons to be interviewed

These actors might contribute with lectures, thoughts and ideas disseminate information about the project and its importance for the region, business growth and development of tourism.

Sonja Torstensson/Trainer


Long-term experiences of work with focus on training and personal development; training consultant in a study association, trainer and lecturer with her own company. Municipal business advisor in Vingåker. During many years political active in County Administration; took the initiative to start an association for female entrepreneurs. University studies in business economy and pedagogics.


Origin Resource Centre, Gränna

Birgitta Segerdahl /Co-ordinator


Long-term experience of running project in Sweden and the Baltic States. Experiences in rural development, women’s entrepreneurship and social economy from the National Board of Agriculture, Leader Sommenbygd and Coompanion. Project leader in a Nordic Baltic co-operation project “Micro credit for women in the rural areas in Estonia, Latvia and Lituania”, 1998-2004 which resulted in a large Interreg III B project “FEM – Female entrepreneurial meeting place in the Baltic Sea region” which contributed to the fact that resource centres for women were established in these countries after Swedish model.

fr left: Sirje Wällmann, Elle Allik, Birgitta Segerdahl,         Sonja Torstensson and Maiga Kruzmetra