Employment

Re-useable Material Collection and Recycling (폐현수막 재활용 사업)

To promote environmental sustainability, older persons recycle used banners (made of synthetic materials, and commonly found in the streets of the the Republic of Korea to announce events or for advertisement) to make re-usable shopping bags, burlap bags, farming clothes, etc, and sell them at the local market. This business model requires investment at the set-up stage only, and then it becomes financially self-sufficient, as the raw material (used banners) is free.

Ogawanosho Co. Ltd. (小川の庄)

The Ogawanosho company was created in 1986, and more than half of its 90 employees are 60 years or older. Faced with population ageing in this rural community, the original aim was to promote viable employment for the older persons in the community. They sell fresh vegetables, food products, and other manufactured goods. The success of the company showed what the work of the elderly, especially older women, can do for their community.

Halmae's food (할매스 푸드)

As part of the elderly employment promotion project by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the restaurant is run by a group of older women, or "halmae" (granny), from the Busan Seo-gu Senior Club. They serve food (e.g. snack food, instant noodles, fried rice, etc) at a cost lower than other restaurants, and all the profits will be used to promote elderly employment. 

Senior Café (기타 (시니어 까페))

The senior franchise café "Thinkgrove" was started in 2011 and is run by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, the Korea Labor Force Development Institute for the Aged, and the Gangnam-gu Office in Seoul. Unlike other elderly employment projects, the goal is to generate enough profits so the café will be independent from government funding. It is the first public enterprise for older persons jointly funded by the Ministry of Health, the Gangnam District Office and private companies to promote elderly employment through expansion of its branches.

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