21
JUN
2017

Kosovo Connects to the Via Dinarica

On June 15th, 2017, US Ambassador Greg Delawie was joined by Deputy Chief of Mission at the Swedish Embassy Goran Paulson, USAID Mission Director James Hope, and President of the Kosovo Mountaineering and Alpinists Federation Arben Lila, to inaugurate the Kosovo segment of the...
05
JUN
2017

Te Naseri Furniture Company – A 35-year Journey to Success

Te Naseri furniture company has come a long way since its humble beginnings 35 years ago. Putting his carpentry skills into use, Naser Gashi started the small furniture workshop in his family home in 1982. Gashi made furniture products himself from scratch – from the lumber...
16
MAY
2017

WoW off to a great start in Gjilan

On May 15th, 2017, USAID Mission Director James Hope visited the Women in Online Work (WoW) training program in Gjilan where 85 young women are currently completing training to prepare them for online work. The program has had a great start with the women already gaining...
28
APR
2017

International Girls in ICT Day Celebrated in Kosovo

The International Girls in ICT Day was celebrated in Pristina on April 28th 2017. The Deputy Chief of Mission Colleen Hyland spoke at the annual event, organized to empower and encourage girls and young women in Kosovo to consider education and careers in the fields of...
27
APR
2017

EMPOWER Signs Grant with Wood Furniture Producer Iliria

On April 27th 2017, Empower Private Sector in partnership with Sida-Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete signed a grant with Iliria company. Iliria is a wood furniture business that began as a small family business in 1974.  To meet increasing demand for their...
27
APR
2017

KIVO Kosovo Boosted by EMPOWER Grant

On April 27th 2017, Empower Private Sector in partnership with Sida-Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete signed a grant with KIVO Kosovo, producer of bread bags, printed films and garbage bags mainly for export to the Dutch, Belgium and German markets as well as for...
25
APR
2017

EMPOWER Supports Fashion Designer Lia Stublla

On April 25th 2017, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida-Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete signed a grant agreement with fashion designer Lia Stublla. The grant of €4,430 will enable the talented designer to purchase new machinery that will enable the...
20
APR
2017

Empower Joins Forces with the Albanian Diaspora Business Network to Support Kosovo Businesses

On April 20th 2017, USAID Mission Director James Hope was joined by more than 30 representatives of successful businesses from Diaspora at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Albanian Diaspora Business Network. Both parties will work together on common...
13
APR
2017

Formon a Step Closer to International Markets

On April 13th 2017, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete demonstrated once again their support to young entrepreneurs of Kosovo, by signing a grant to support CE mark certification for Formon’s Kosovo-made 3D...
09
APR
2017

Kosovo’s Local Tour Operators Trained to Develop Successful Products

USAID EMPOWER Private Sector together with the Kosovo Mountaineering and Alpine Federation, from April 7th to 9th 2017, organized a two-and-a-half-day workshop for local tour operators delivered by Thierry Joubert from the Via Dinarica Alliance. The purpose of this workshop was...
09
APR
2017

EMPOWER Supports Rroni Fer to Doubles its Workforce 

On April 6th 2017, USAID Mission Director James Hope joined Rroni Fer owner, Labinot Kameri, to inaugurate the new electrical transformer substation that will allow Rroni Fer company to increase their production capacities, expand exports and double its workforce.  Rroni Fer,...
31
MAR
2017

Godzi Exports for the First Time to Germany

Godzi wood processing company from northern Kosovo, marked a major step on March 31st, 2017. With the help of EMPOWER Private Sector the company exported its first shipment of wood cutting boards to the German market. The important linkage with the German buyer was made ...
30
MAR
2017

Kosovo Designers Collaborate with Macedonian Retailers

Kosovo designers met with Macedonian evening gown retailers in Tetovo, on March 30th, 2017, to discuss possible future collaborations between designers and retailers of the two neighboring countries. Macedonian retailers emphasized the strong market demand for evening gowns...
29
MAR
2017

KAMA Signs MOU with Skopje Fashion Week

On March 29th 2017, The Kosovo Apparel Marketing Association (KAMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Skopje Fashion Week in Macedonia. The MOU will assist Kosovo’s designers to participate in Skopje Fashion Week at an affordable cost and enable them to showcase their...
27
MAR
2017

Kosovo-made Furniture on show in Skopje Furniture Fair Exhibition

Kosovo furniture companies KoBa and Ahikos showcased their creations at the at the Skopje Furniture Fair Exhibition in Macedonia from March 21st to the 27th , 2017.  The annual event attracts important producers and buyers from across the region.  Through the participation at the...
24
MAR
2017

UBT Students Gain Firsthand Knowledge on the Textile Production Process

On March 24th 2017, Students from the University for Business and Technology UBT visited leading Kosovo sportswear manufacturer, S//Sprint, to gain firsthand knowledge on the textile production process. S//Sprint Production Director, Xufe Sopa, showed and explained the entire...
24
MAR
2017

Women from Prishtina take English Tests to Qualify for the WoW Training Program

On March 23rd 2017, over 300 women took part in English-language testing to qualify for the Women in Online Work (WOW) training program. The test-takers hope to be among the 50 candidates from Prishtina that will take part in a two-month intensive training program on technical...
20
MAR
2017

EMPOWER continues its support of the Kosovo Apparel and Marketing Association

On March 20th 2017, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete signed a grant agreement with the Kosovo Apparel Marketing Association (KAMA) to support KAMA’s second year of operation. KAMA was established for the...