16
AUG
2018

USAID Mission Director witnesses BINNI’s successes!

On August 9th, 2018, USAID Mission Director Lisa Magno visited EMPOWER Private Sector beneficiary BINNI in Vushtrri. Binni’s co-owner walked the Mission Director around large production facility and its modern showroom and talked about the variety of products the company offers...
13
AUG
2018

On-The-Job Training Program to Empower Youth Employment!

On August 8th, 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector project signed a grant agreement with local organization Kosovo Manufacturing Club (KMC), to implement the On-The-Job (OTJ) Training Program. The training program aims to increase the skills of vulnerable and marginalized youth in...
13
AUG
2018

Green Festival Succession Plan Established with the Kosovo Manufacturing Club

The Kosovo Manufacturing Club (KMC) is joining the USAID EMPOWER Private Sector project to co-organize the 3rd edition of the Green Festival. Through a signed MOU, the KMC is also set to be the successor of the implementation of the forthcoming editions of the Green Festival....
10
AUG
2018

USAID Mission Director Magno visits EMPOWER beneficiaries in Prizren

On August 6th, 2018, USAID Mission Director Lisa Magno visited EMPOWER Private Sector beneficiaries Dokufest and Jasin Metal in Prizren. She met with DokuFest Management and a group of students from a Film and factual Media workshop and learned about how the festival is...
10
AUG
2018

Self-Employment Training Program to Empower Youth in Business

On July 30th, 2018, the USAID EMPOWER Private Sector project signed a grant agreement with local organization Help-Kosovo to implement a training program which aims to foster employability and entrepreneurship of vulnerable and marginalized youth in Gjilan, Viti, Kacanik, and...
10
AUG
2018

Think GREEN: The 3rd edition of the Green Festival is coming!

Preparations for the 3rd edition of the Green Festival have begun following the success of the two previous events. This edition of the Green Festival will take place at the 1 Tetori sports hall in Prishtina on September 19 – 21, 2018. The primary goal of the festival is to...
18
JUL
2018

Strengthening linkages between Kosovo and diaspora businesses!

The USAID EMPOWER Private Sector project is continuing to work and partner with the Albanian Diaspora Businesses Network (ADBN) to boost the economic growth of Kosovo. On July 12th, 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector signed a memorandum of understanding with the ADBN president Nazar...
12
JUL
2018

Fostering job creation through grant support!

On June 29th, 2018, the USAID Empower Private Sector project signed a grant with Alstone company from Rahovec. The company produces varnishes, facades, and adhesives, and since 2016 has extensive export contracts with British manufacturer Weicker. In 2017, through the Quality...
11
JUL
2018

Enhancing the sweets production sector in Kosovo!

From June 22nd to July 6th, 2018, USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector project engaged renowned pastry chef Mahmut Boluk to provide hands-on training to sweets producers all over Kosovo. Trosha, Rolleo, LB Group, Embelsia, Embelsia DPZ, Milos and Marta, Konditoria, and Fati, learned to...
21
JUN
2018

Energizing Kosovo energy company!

On June 21st, 2018, the USAID EMPOWER Private Sector project signed a grant with Decon, an electrical equipment manufacturer. The grant will enable the company to purchase laboratory equipment to test and control its electrical products for compliance with European standards. The...
14
JUN
2018

Palma’s three-year journey to success

On June 14th, 2018, USAID/Kosovo Mission Director James Hope visited EMPOWER Private Sector beneficiary Palma Mobilje in Gjilan, one of the major producers of furniture in Kosovo. Mr. Ekrem Shahini, owner and General Director of Palma, showed Mr. Hope around Palma’s modern...
09
JUN
2018

Sharing knowledge and experiences at DOKUTECH for a better technological future!

On June 9th and 10th 2018, tech-savvy people from around the world participated in DOKU.TECH, one of the most significant technological events of the year. This year’s DOKU.TECH took place in Termokiss, an abandoned industrial building located in Prishtina, managed by the youth...
05
JUN
2018

Working toward a sustainable future

  On June 5th, 2018, USAID EMPOWER Private Sector beneficiaries Thes Ari Recycling Industries and JAHA Solar, together with EMPOWER Private Sector Job Creation Team Leader Liza Marku, participated at the energy efficiency conference with the private sector during the Kosovo...
01
JUN
2018

Turning glass waste into marvelous mosaics tiles at Tiki Mosaic 

On June 1st, 2018, USAID’s Acting Mission Director Lisa Magno visited the recently opened tile manufacturer Tiki Mosaic showroom in Prishtina. The Director and Co-owner of Tiki Mosaic, Adriatik Bytyqi, welcomed Ms. Magno and showed her around Tiki Mosaic’s showroom while talking...
31
MAY
2018

Wood processing companies to create 56 new jobs within two years through grant support!

On May 31st, 2018, Artan Jakupi, from wood processing company Candeo, and Gent Ademaj from wood processing company Mobileria Real, signed grants awarded by the EMPOWER Private Sector project.  Recently, both companies have built new and modern production facilities from which...
23
MAY
2018

Improving the competitiveness of Kosovo’s wood sector businesses

On May 23rd 2018, USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector presented available options for technical assistance interventions to improve the competitiveness of companies in the wood sector. The proposed interventions were formulated by an international expert through extensive...
07
MAY
2018

Apparel manufacturer CRO Fashion to expand production line and create 40 new jobs!

On May 7th 2018, Bekim Kokolli, owner of apparel manufacturer CRO Fashion signed a grant awarded by EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The company will use the grant to purchase equipment for its new factory...
07
MAY
2018

EMPOWER beneficiaries show great progress on latest visit 

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...