10
JUL
2015

Local Company Receives Support to Result in Import Substitution

Wooden stair sets and high-tech entry doors are the brandname of Shehu Company, a family owned business since 2005.  The company is now constructing an additional production facility to meet increasing market demand with made-in Kosovo products instead of imported ones. In...
10
JUL
2015

USAID Supports Local Company Increase Export Competitiveness

Another grant agreement signed with a wood processing company in Kosovo this week. ELNOR is one of the leading wood products manufacturer in Kosovo, best known for high-end residential, resorts and commercial markets since 2007.  With the financial support from USAID’s EMPOWER...
08
JUL
2015

USAID Grant to Result in New Furniture Products at Better Quality

“Marković” is the latest USAID EMPOWER Private Sector grant recipient. This financial support will enable the family-owned business to purchase a CNC machine, and construct a storage space. “Marković” was established in 2001 mainly as a producer of wooden doors and windows in...
07
JUL
2015

International Expertise for Kosovo Textile Company

Two Italian distributors for textile industry equipment visited STAFF S//Sprint Company to talk about types of equipment and systems that help the company increase its production capacities and quality.  The Italian visitors emphasized the importance of having an in-house...
17
JUN
2015

Prime Minister of Kosovo and USAID Mission Director Inaugurated New Apparel Factory

“The opening of a new factory is always one of the most exciting occurrences in any country’s economic development,” said USAID Director James Hope at the inauguration of the new apparel factory STAFF S//sprint. “It is an expression of entrepreneurship, innovation, and most...
12
JUN
2015

President of Kosovo and USAID Mission Director Launch Six-Month Training Program for Women at KosovaTex

On June 11, the President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga and USAID Mission Director James Hope visited the jeans manufacturer KosovaTex, launching a six-month training program for a group of unemployed rural women. Through the training, women will acquire skills they need to find...
10
JUN
2015

Export As a Tool to Integrating Kosovo Apparel Industry

Around 60 textile and apparel producers from around Kosovo got together at a workshop on apparel marketing and export organized on June 9, 2015 by USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector.  Participants shared information about the current situation of their industry exports, the...
05
JUN
2015

Fashion Expo in Albania Opens for Visitors

The Southeast Europe Textile, Fashion & Façon Expo opened in Tirana on June 4. Kosovo fashion industry is well-represented by eight textile companies, in a joint section named “Kosovo Fashion”. This expo is a good opportunity for the Kosovo companies to present their products...
03
JUN
2015

Helping Make Kosovo a New Destination for Adventure Tourism

A two-day international workshop on building knowledge and skills for world class marketing and service delivery by Kosovo and Western Balkans adventure tourism operators started today in Pristina. The training, delivered by the US-based Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA),...
02
JUN
2015

Kosovo Producers Join the Regional Fashion Expo in Albania

Pristina, June 2, 2015 – Eight textile companies will showcase the diversity of style and products of the Kosovo fashion at the Southeast Europe Textile, Fashion & Façon Expo that takes place in Tirana, Albania on June 4-6, 2015.  The expo takes place at the Palace of...
29
MAY
2015

Dedication for IT Means More Employment Opportunities for Young Engineers

Today, EMPOWER Private Sector staff paid a visit to Adaptivit that has recently started a training program for young software engineers and IT technicians.  The training comprises of programming and data management services.  “Through this training we aim to achieve our...
28
MAY
2015

First Local Children’s Shoe Producer Signs Grant Agreement with USAID

Fifty-five new jobs to be created as a result of the new line for children’s shoes production to be launched by Solid with the support of USAID through EMPOWER Private Sector.  On May 27, Solid owner Shefqet Kuçi, USAID Economic Growth Director Scott Cameron and EMPOWER Private...
20
MAY
2015

Mapping Efforts for Economic Growth of Women

In an effort to concentrate the engagement and the good work on economic growth for women that different organizations in Kosovo are doing, on May 19 USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector hosted a coordination meeting with eight other local and donor-funder entities. Participants...
19
MAY
2015

Albania Fashion Fair Preparations Nearing Completion

Eight Kosovo textile and apparel companies are giving the final touches to the preparations for the Southeast Europe Textile, Fashion & Façon Expo that takes place in Tirana, Albania on June 4-6, 2015. On Monday, USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector facilitated a meeting with the...
15
MAY
2015

Good News for New Jobs in Biomass Energy Production Sector

We had a very productive end of the week. On May 15, USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector signed two new grant agreements.  Eco-Briket, the only briquette producer in Ferizaj/Uroševac is going to expand production thanks to the grant received by our program, and hire 10 new workers....
15
MAY
2015

Women Organizations in Pejë/Peć Committed to Empowering Other Women

On May 14, EMPOWER Private Sector organized a meeting with several organizations in the region of Pejë/Peć working on economic empowerment of women and youth, and development of the region. Our discussion focused around lack of employment for women, skills training and access to...
08
MAY
2015

New Line of Shirt Manufacturing Opens 45 New Jobs 

Unikat is a local producer specialized in uniform production, and soon to expand into the shirt production area. Today, the President of the Board of Unikat, Xhavit Çollaku, and USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector Director David T. King signed a grant agreement. Through this support,...
08
MAY
2015

Lean In Kosova – Building Networks for Advancement of Women

Today, Lean In Kosova group members had a great gathering with more than 30 young women from “Females in IT” program at the American University in Kosovo.  Lean In Kosova group members Diellëza Gashi, an IT engineer, and Drilona Emrullahu, founder of RTC Consulting, shared...