Micro-Enterprise Development (MED) Posts

A Little Bit Country

Just when I had rid myself of the habit of getting lost in Sofia, we left for a new location. For the month of July, we have relocated to Gabrovo, a small town in central Bulgaria where Peter and Ellie have a small cottage. Before we came here, friends from Sofia alerted me that people [...]

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Finding Joy in Relationships

Being settled here in Sofia certainly has its perks. While some things have lost their “new and exciting” glow, it is remarkably satisfying to be able to navigate my way through to city to meetings with students and to now know enough Bulgarian to ask market vendors for things without having to officially acknowledge that [...]

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Sofia Summer Intern

My name is Aubrey Hoeppner, and I have just finished my junior year at Pepperdine University in California, though I am from Chicago. I have been so blessed with the opportunity to spend three months with Ellie and Peter in Bulgaria. Last summer I had meetings with Bob, Ellie, and Christy Schweigert to discuss the [...]

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Marketing Training

Last week a group of eight women from Wooddale Church, located right outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota, came to Sofia to teach English and lead a business training on marketing for entrepreneurs. The group arrived with much excitement to teach and willingness to help out wherever needed, including even washing dishes at the office. On [...]

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Working Hard: Integra’s Fall Trainings

The summer is officially over and every one has returned to Sofia from their summer holiday. The kids are back in school and businesses are in full swing getting ready for the holiday season. Integra Bulgaria is also back in operation conducting meetings, planning training’s, and preparing Ten Senses for increased sales as the weather gets cooler. [...]

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Bob’s Turning 56!

Hey everyone! We want to spread some good news! Integra USA’s president, Bob Kuhlman, is turning 56 today! Thanks to advanced social networks, Bob posted a birthday wish on the Integra MED Facebook Causes page. He’s asked that instead of sending cards or gifts that  his friends would donate $56 dollars to Integra’s MED program. [...]

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Giving Back

A few weeks ago I was visitng a few of the small businesses that had participated in the MED program, and I met an amazing woman named Sonya Jungolska. She is a high spirited energetic woman in her 70s that has seen the rise and the fall of communism in Bulgaria. She welcomed us warmly into [...]

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Walk Alongside and Join the Conversation

      13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles [a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with [...]

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The New Wave!

After lots of talking and planning the Integra blog is finally up and running!

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