On May 7th 2018, USAID Washington based desk officer Ana Luisa Pinto visited Dijamant wood processing company and KOSHI GROUP – Carbon fiber solutions. Both companies are beneficiaries of the EMPOWER Private Sector project in partnership with Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The owners of Dijamant and KOSHI GROUP showed Ms. Pinto around their facilities and talked about the progress they have made since receiving support from EMPOWER Private Sector. This support has enabled these two companies to expand production, increase sales, improve their competitiveness in the market, and most importantly create jobs.
Currently, Dijamant supplies primarily the Kosovo market with finger joint planks and other wood materials for construction and furniture. The EMPOWER Private Sector grant the company received in 2016 for new equipment has enabled it to expand and hire 19 new employees, of which 10 are women.
EMPOWER Private Sector has supported KOSHI GROUP to participate in various fairs in Europe. As a result of their participation, the company signed several contracts with European automobile companies. In March 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector supported KOSHI GROUP with a grant to purchase equipment that will enable the company to increase production quality and capacity and create 20 new jobs in the next two years. KOSHI GROUP currently employ 27 people.
Both Dijamant and KOSHI GROUP are planning to continue with the rapid pace of growth with the objective to expand production, exports, and create new jobs.