MOTCA, IASI

Schools

There are two schools in Motca (one in Motca and one in Boureni).

Similarly, there are two kindergartens (one in Motca and one in Boureni). 

Workplaces

Motca’s labor force numbers about 2,600 people, who work in different sectors.

Located in a plateau area, work in agriculture is the dominant activity by locals. Locals also provides services in areas such as, animal husbandry (livestock), wood and craft activities.

Some Roma work as musicians or as silversmiths. In Motca a cooperative of artisans exists working in employing Roma craftsmen in their traditional guilds such as silversmiths, blacksmiths or musicians.

The purpose of the cooperative is to develop in terms of human resources and extend into surrounding villages. Motca Cooperative is affilitaed within the "Romano Cher - Casa Roma" run by the Association Romano Butiq in Bucharest.

Places

Motca village is situated in the west of the county of Iasi, south of Suceava Plateau, in northeastern Romania.

The villages administrates both Motca and Boureni Motca.

The main attraction is the Village Museum - a traditionally built house, in which objects, old documents and traditional regional costumes, demonstrating the history of the village, are displayed. 

People

There are approximately 5,000 people living over two villages in Motca, most of them ethnic Romanian, and 95% of whom are Orthodox Christians.

The last census reported that there were 750 Roma in Motca, though unofficially the number is said to be much higher.

The guilds of Motca’s Roma people are goldsmiths, silversmiths, blacksmiths and musicians.