MAMEC Final Event in Madrid


For the Multiplier Event of the KA2 MAMEC Project  “Autonomous Mothers: Measures and Strategies for balancing family and work” (“Madres Autónomas: Medidas y Estrategias para Conciliar  vida familiar y laboral”), we had three sessions:


The first one was the 10th of May. We explained the project, the objectives and a brief description of each partner.


Later, we showed pictures of the MAMEC Course in the four countries: Spain, Italy, Croatia and Greece, and we discussed about the modules and the business created by women entrepreneur mothers. At the end of the session, we gave them the MAMEC Guideline and we finish with the conclusions of the project.


The second session was the 17th of May. We did the same process than the first one, also giving the MAMEC Guideline to all the assistants.



The third one, was the 24th of May. We celebrated this final event of dissemination in the “Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality” in Calle Alcalá 37 in Madrid.


We celebrated this final event of dissemination in the “Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality” in Calle Alcalá 37 in Madrid.


First, we organized the whole space with an accreditation table with the folders of MAD for Europe, the program of the day, a flyer with the description of our organization, a roll-up and the event room with the screens with the MAMEC logo .



We started the event with some people and, as they came more, they pointed their name on the list of accreditations and entered the room. After the opening of the day in which we welcomed the attendees, Katia Maccarone, Managing Director of MAD for Europe, gave a brief explanation about our organization.


Next, Gregorio García-Solans, Cultural Director of MAD for Europe, and Marta Sáez, Head of the Communication Department, joined the presentation and explained, together with Katia, the European MAMEC Project: introduction, objectives, results, methodological guide , innovation and sustainability.


Then, it was the turn of four enterprising mothers who told their testimony: two of them have been with their project for several years, and the other two were assistants of the MAMEC Course that we carried out last November of 2017 and, thanks to this course, they were encouraged to start their own business.


Covadonga García-Solans, the first speaker, is Managing Partner of “García-Solans Tax Advisors”, a company that began alone several years ago at home, while taking care of her children. Despite her difficulties, she was able to move her business forward and currently, with four children, she has an office in the center of Madrid, with employees already working with her. A great testimony!



María Pascual, the second speaker, is the founder of “Catering Las Marías” (the catering service that attended our event) and, due to personal problems that got in the way, she was able to get the necessary strength to start the business at the same time She took care of her husband and children. She has been a great fighter and, thanks to her courage and courage, she has been able to set up her catering and currently has many clients.


On the other hand, Marjore Urdaneta is the founder of “Mi Fiesta Guay”, a small company that is dedicated to birthday parties in a big way for the little ones. Their motivation is to make the children smile and to be happy on such a special day for them. It was not her idea at first, but it was launched and it takes very little time, but she is very happy.


Let’s hope it goes great and can move forward with this great project! The last one to speak was Magola Acosta, a mother woman who with four children has created “Magola’s Cake”, a service that makes incredible cakes. In addition to its excellent decoration, Magola said that every order they ask him puts his best effort to make it perfect. She had to bring her baby because she is still very small. A great example of an entrepreneur mother!


The four speakers were interviewed by a member of MAD for Europe and told about their difficulties, experiences and advice for future entrepreneurs. They made a very good presentation since the four of them were talking to each other and supporting each other.


We had a coffee-break where we had it with biscuits and had the opportunity to talk with both speakers and attendees.



At the end of the break, Ana Kovacs, a psychologist and entrepreneur who is part of the “Club de las Malas Madres” gave a lecture on how to face being a mother as well as an entrepreneur. He explained that everything is not perfect to have a child and that things are complicated (and much) along the way, but it is worth it. This presentation helped to understand that being a mother is already complicated, but if you reconcile it with being an entrepreneur, even more. But he also encouraged the speakers that we have to get ahead, be courageous and a very important issue: take care of mental health.


The next session was led by María García, Director of Programs of the National Confederation of Women in Equality, and Silvia Valmaña, spokesperson of the Group of Universities of the Popular Group. First, María spoke about “Conciliation as a right”, explaining which aids are provided in Spain to help these entrepreneur mothers and told their rights of the working mother, that everything has an impact on the birth rate since there are no laws to help, many women do not want to have children because they can not reconcile it with their work life.


The spokeswoman of the Popular Party, Silvia, defended the measures that her party defends and, together with María, they were discussing and sharing some similar ideas that benefit the well-being of women-entrepreneur mothers.



At lunch time, the food was great and it was to everyone’s taste and they were very satisfied.


After lunch, we present a video documentary with several photos of the entire MAMEC project during these two years: the beginning, the meetings in Croatia and Italy, the face-to-face course of the MAMEC in the four countries (Spain, Greece, Italy and Croatia) , photos of the project process…

To end the day, the last lecture was by Lourdes Fernández Molero, Director and Coordinator of cultural activities of the youth centers of the City of Madrid. Her lecture, entitled “The enterprising woman in Spain and in Madrid”, was very interesting since she explained the situation of women entrepreneurs in our country and showed some examples of women who, despite the difficulties, could set up their business from scratch.



The act concluded with a debate and conclusions of the act.


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We’ve been on the radio explaining our KA1 UNIYOUTH!


Last week, we had our KA1 UNIYOUTH where 48 participants from 8 different countries (Poland, Lithuania, Croatia, Turkey, Italy, Sweden, France and Spain) joined us in Madrid. We had a lot of activities about Tolerance and, on the last day, some of them went to a radio program called “El Mundo está Fuera” in the city centre to explain our project.


They invited one participant from each country and they enjoyed it a lot! Each one, spoke about the KA1 UNIYOUTH and the mission of this project: Tolerance around the world. They also explained some of the activities like a Gymkana in the Retiro Park, interview street citizens about refugees, drawing a big logo that represented tolerance… and much more!


If you want to listen to this interview, click here –> 


Thank you very much!

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APV Meeting KA1 UNIYOUTH in Madrid


Next April, we will have our KA1 UNIYOUTH Nº 2017-3-ES02-KA105-010309 in Madrid. It will bring together 48 young people from 8 different countries: Spain, Italy, Sweden, Lithuania, Croatia, Turkey, Poland and France aged between 16 and 28 years.


The main topic is Tolerance and, this week, we had our APV Meeting with the group leaders of each country that will participate next month in this Youth Exchange. First, we had a presentation of our organization and of the project, and also the partners explained their mission of their organizations and schools. After this, we went to the city centre of Madrid and we had a guided tour in the most turistic places such us Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Palacio Real o Plaza de la Villa. We had a great time!


If you want to know more about this project, check the website! Also, if you are a participant, please join the Facebook group:



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First Meeting in Malta of our KA2 AEF Juventud


Last week, we went to Malta to the first Meeting of our new KA2 Strategic Partnership Project “AEF Juventud: Apoyo Joven por una Europa más fuerte, nos unimos contra la violencia de género” (“Youth support for a stronger Europe, joining together against gender violence”). During these days, we had all the meetings with the partners and it was really successful. On the last day, we closed the meeting with the communication and dissemination plan with deadlines, the structure and content of the reports and we received the mobility certificates. Finally, our Maltese partners made us a cultural visit to the centre of La Valeta. It was really interesting!


This project started last February and will be until September of 2019 and involves 500 young people between 15 and 18 years old and more than 100 professionals and experts on the subject (teachers, educators, psychologists and youth workers). This Strategic Partnership will be very prosperous with the participants of all our partners!


This project is a multilateral strategic partnership between 5 European countries (Spain, Italy, Malta, Romania and Portugal) which goal, in addition to the specific objectives of the project, is to allow the development of networks, the increase of the capacity to work at a transnational level and the sharing and confrontation of ideas, practices and methods. 


We want to take an important step to prevent youth violence by involving schools, institutes and educational centers to inform, teach and above all, educate on this issue. To know more about it, click here.


Here are some photos of this meeting!



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We have a lot of groups with us in Madrid!


During these days, we are a big family! We have many groups with us in Madrid. There are from different countries like Estonia, Belgium, France, Rumania, Cyprus…


Six boys of Estonia are doing work placements in charpenteriers, ten students from Beligum with a teacher are working in tourism companies in the city centre of Madrid in segways, four students from the same school also with a teacher are in automation and mechanical companies, seven from Rumania with a teacher in Automation companies too, ten students from Cyprus with two teachers have come to Spain to do professional visits in Information and Communication Technology and JAVA, three from France are doing their training course for three months in the city centre and four of us in our office, one of us Valentina, from ItalyWe’re 49 in total!


We are really happy with all this visits to our city and we are looking forward to receive more students during the next months!





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Looking forward to our KA1 UNIYOUTH in Madrid!


Next April, we’ve got a great event! United We Stand, European Youth for Tolerance (UNIYOUTH) is a youth exchange project organized by MAD for Europe to give young people the opportunity to develop an issue about the interests and real needs of all, despite of their origin, Tolerance as personal development and knowledge of diversity, to different people by race, religion, culture or sexual orientation, to break the barriers between humans, especially in this era of change.


Held in Madrid, it will bring together 48 young people from 8 different countries: Spain, Italy, Sweden, Lithuania, Croatia, Turkey, Poland and France aged between 16 and 28 years.


If you are a participant of this event or a contact person for this project, please join the Facebook group:


Check our Info Pack! UNIYOUTH Info pack


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Professional Visits in Automation Companies


During these days, a group from Romania is visiting Industrial Automotion companies in Madrid. They are going to be with us for two weeks.


They have visited different companies like Grupo Gemidi, specialized in electrical panels and industrial automation, APIEM, a professional association of businessmen of electrical installations or a vocational school in Madrid, IES Virgen de la Paloma. 


Also, the first day they had their welcome meeting and after they visited the centre of Madrid: Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Palacio Real…


We hope you like the experience! ¡Bienvenidos a España!




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We have already launched our MAMEC e-learning platform!


Today we have published in our MAMEC website all the necessary information of this project to obtain the corresponding modules so the women who want to be trained in different topics to create their own business can dowload it.


A few months ago we taught these modules in face-to-face classes but now any mother who is interested can acquire this knowledge for free. The goal of the MAMEC project is to help and train those mothers who want to start their own business from home while they are taking care of their children. Last November we gave this training to women in the four partner countries (Spain, Italy, Croatia and Greece) and it was a total success! The participants learned different modules for organizing events, crafts, internet and e-commerce, etc.


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more and create your own bussines! All the information is HERE.

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Christmas visit of Cyprus students


During this days, a group of six students and two teachers from Cyprus are having proffesional visits in Madrid. In their  countries, they are studing hostelery and here they are learning our techniques and culture tips.


They have already participated in cooking classes with our chef Sheila, where they have learned how to cook typical Spanish dishes such as paella, black pudding or tapas with Serrano ham. In addition, they have also visited a hostelery institute in the center of Madrid where they learned the education techniques of this sector in Spain.


They will also visit a shopping center with typical Spanish products and they wont miss a Christmas visit in the heart of the capital.


They are having a great time!



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