’De ce?’ is a question. It means ‘why?’ in Romanian.
DECE is the newest brand to hit The Big Issue Shop and works to educate, employ and empower families living in poverty.
The social enterprise was founded nine years ago in north-west Romania where the Hungarian plain meets the picturesque Zarand mountains.
The team behind DECE started out working alongside the most impoverished families, listened to their stories and that, in turn, inspired them to empower those communities. DECE was born to help people develop the skills they needed to break out of cycles of generational poverty.
From its humble beginnings selling crochet hats, DECE began producing simple leather products in 2013 and has grown into the holistic community development programme it is today.
In association with non-profit organisation NetWorks, DECE now boasts two small production hubs in north-west Romania where they work to educate, employ and empower the poorest families in those impoverished communities.