Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, also know as Moldavia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. In 1991, Moldova had a population of approximately 3.5million people. The Official Language is Romanian.
Embroidery is traditional women craft of Moldova and until recently there was not a single household in a single village where women did not decorate handmade clothes, curtains, tablecloths, and towels.
Mamaliga, a hard corn porridge, is regarded as the national dish. It is poured onto a flat surface in the shape of a big cake and is served mainly with cheese, sour cream, or milk. The main foods in daily life are a mixture of vegetables and meat (chicken, goose, duck, pork, and lamb), but the availability of vegetables depends on the season. Filled cabbage and grape leaves as well as soups such as zama and the Russian borsh also form part of daily meals.
The Salvation Army started work in Moldova in 1993. Moldova is a division of the Eastern Europe Territory. The ministry of the Salvation Army in Moldova includes work in after school centers, mobile medical clinic, women's prison project, shoe project, humanitarian aid distribution, and work with ailing individuals.
The Others initiative began in Moldova in 2009. Products produced include fine linen and embroidered designs.
There are currently 10 Others producers in Moldova.
There are efforts to establish craft working groups in the Moldavian corps. Currently, there are three small craft groups in the Kishinau (capital) corps.