20
AUG
2015

Careers in ICT for Unemployed Youth

On August 19, 2015 the Kosovo Association of Information and Communications Technology (STIKK) and USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector signed a grant agreement that will support a training and internship in ICT program for unemployed youth interested in pursuing careers in ICT.  This...
19
AUG
2015

Kosovo Sofas for the Export Market

Sela Impex is one of the leaders of the Kosovo sofa producers. It also the newest USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector grant beneficiary in the wood processing sector. With the grant agreement signed on August 19, the company will receive financial support to expand the production plan...
19
AUG
2015

EMPOWER Private Sector Presentation for the New Mayor of Gračanica/Graçanicë

On August 18, 2015, the new Mayor of Gračanica/Graçanicë Vladeta Kostić and EMPOWER Private Sector’s Director David King and Deputy Director Skënder Rama met to talk about job creation as the overarching objective of our program. King informed Kostić about the focus sectors we...
18
AUG
2015

Upgrading Pellet Production Operations and Creating New Jobs

Pellet producer Europa Company is one of the most recent beneficiaries of USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector grants in the energy efficiency area. The agreement signed on August 14, 2015 supports the company to purchase a new high-capacity wood chipper that will increase the output...
18
AUG
2015

Local Company to Produce More and Better Quality Apples

On August 14, USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector signed a grant agreement with Agro-Centar Company in Leposavić/q, which since 2011 is producing and exporting apples. The grant will support the beneficiary to overcome the main growth obstacle, which is the lack of post-harvest...
07
AUG
2015

Training for a New Occupation – Software Testers   

On August 6, 2015 Cacttus JSC and USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector signed a grant agreement for a program to train and certify 15 young engineers in software testing skills that will equip them for available jobs in the market. Also, the program will help create in Kosovo a...
04
AUG
2015

Sky Running Connects Kosovo and Macedonia   

On August 1, 2015 Shtërpce/Štrpce was the host of the first ever Sharr Skyrace event, bringing together passionate sky runners from Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia and other countries to cross a 30 km mountain path into Staro Selo in Macedonia. The event was a novelty on many...
29
JUL
2015

Bringing You Kosovo’s First Single-Packed Wet Wipes

Did you know that there could be so many specific purposes of wet wipes? Our newest grantee Ultra Cosmetics from Pejë/Peć has the answer to that: from everyday use to baby care to medical use and so much more. Ultra Cosmetics began production of baby wipes in 2007. Their list of...
24
JUL
2015

New Ready-to-Wear Line to Hit Kosovo Market

Men in Kosovo will soon be able to refresh their wardrobes with casual suits designed and made in Kosovo. Yllka Brada, a young fashion designer mostly known for her theater costumes and formal gowns, is expanding into a new fashion territory. She is starting her line of...
22
JUL
2015

New Factory to Open with USAID Support

Palma, one of the major furniture sellers in Kosovo, is taking up a new challenge replacing imported furniture with its own production.  The company has already begun setting up a new production line of kitchens and bedrooms. The products will be sold in Kosovo and Switzerland,...
20
JUL
2015

Kosovo Apparel Marketing Association Established

Pristina, July 20, 2015 – The need to build international exposure and create new market opportunities provided motivation for Kosovo apparel producers to establish a non-profit body that will further these goals. At the meeting held in Pristina on July 15, 2015, about 50 apparel...
10
JUL
2015

Getting Together for Renewable Energy Resources

An increase in living standards brings increased demand of household for pellets as it is cheaper than oil, gas and electricity, as well as cleaner and more efficient than wood. At the second roundtable with stakeholders from the renewable energy sector in Kosovo, USAID EMPOWER...
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...