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The small town Mariapolis Faro was born in 1991 in Križevci, in Croatia, 60 km from Zagabria, placing itself from the beginning as a place of meeting between people coming from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia e Erzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, and Romania.
The development of the industrial park began in 1991 when the first agricultural businesses were born with 20 hectares of land (corn, wheat, vegatables) and the first family of volunteers more there with their car body shop “Bestim d.o.o.”
The nursery school «Raggio di sole» (Ray of Sun) began in 1995, to form "new people". Today, the school is recognized by the Croatian Ministry of Instruction as a model for a new "pedegogy of communion". From there, a more widely developed formational and educational program began which now includes other nursery schools in Serbia and Macedonia and the Education Department as partners.
To value the local potential and to meet the needs of high unemployment rates, they have committed themselves in recent years to favor and sustain small economic initiatives in both agriculture and handicrafts: this was how Plant art d.o.o started, wholesale florist and went ahead with the cultivation of prunes with 2,500 plants.
The businesses include:
- Plant art, a bulk florist
- a Plum orchard with 2,500 plants
There are 26 businesses and productive activities linked with Faro industrial park: 12 from Croatia, 6 from Serbia, 2 from Bulgaria and 4 from Romania.