Bulgaria has diverse landscapes and regions. In some regions, however, the livelihoods of the population are not sufficient. We researched the commune of Sadovo and in particular the village Seltsi. Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein was approached to find innovative options for the villages of Sadovo to improve the local livelihoods due to the town hall's lack of knowledge about the current situation regarding present initiatives, innovations, and potential opportunities for development. It aspires to turn Sadovo into a strong rural commune with satisfying livelihoods of its inhabitants.
Together with students and interpreters from the University of Plovdiv, we conducted our research in Seltsi by carrying out a Transect walk, conducting interviews with the locals and creating a village map. We used multiple tools to assess the local livelihoods, like the Sustainable Livelihood Framework and a SWOT analysis. We worked on finding and creating our innovation to support the local community.