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...
08
MAY
2015

More Young Women to Join ‘Females in IT’ Program

It was a busy day at the AUK for USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector.  Our Deputy Director Skënder Rama was one of the panel members who interviewed over forty young women interested in joining phase two of Females in IT program. This program provides free training to young women for...
30
APR
2015

USAID Mission Director Visited BINNI Company

USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector and BINNI Company in Vushtrri/Vučitrn hosted today a visit for USAID/Kosovo Mission Director Jim Hope.  BINNI has a well-established presence in the domestic market with its products: kitchens, bedrooms, doors and windows, and is looking to expand...
30
APR
2015

Kosovo Producers Expanding Regional Business Linkages

This week, USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector staff visited our grantee ENRAD company to hear about their experience in participating in the Regional Energy Fair in Zagreb in April 22 – 25, 2015. Taulant Rexhepi from ENRAD informs that during the five-day fair, they had meetings with...
28
APR
2015

Via Dinarica – Europe’s Newest Long Distance Trail

Tour operators, mountaineering clubs, donors and institutions met today at USAID EMPOWER Private Sector’s office to discuss about the development of Kosovo’s segment of Via Dinarica.  Via Dinarica is approximately 800 km hiking trail, running from Slovenia to Macedonia. The...
27
APR
2015

Trade Shows in Focus

The Association of Wood Processors of Kosovo and USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector brought together over 25 companies from the wood industry to talk about planning their activities related to participation in domestic and international industry fairs and trade shows for the period...
23
APR
2015

Technology Has No Gender

Marking the globally-celebrated annual Girls in ICT International Day on April 23, the American University of Kosovo (AUK) organized today a conference on empowering girls and young women to consider careers in technology.  The conference was an opportunity to congratulate 70...
20
APR
2015

Training the Designers and Stylists of the Future

EMPOWER Private Sector and Menakon Fashion House in Gjilan/Gnjilane hosted today a visit for USAID/Kosovo Mission Director Jim Hope.  One month after we signed the grant agreement providing an opportunity for twenty women and young girls to begin a vocational training program in...
16
APR
2015

Women Entrepreneurs Seek Growth Opportunities

For many women business owners, the biggest challenges are expansion to new markets and access to funds to further grow their activity.  EMPOWER Private Sector staff facilitated a meeting with twelve women entrepreneurs and business associations, all members of Women in Business...
15
APR
2015

USAID Mission Director Visited Our Program

    Today, EMPOWER Private Sector hosted USAID / Kosovo Mission Director Jim Hope, and the Economic Growth Team.  We talked about the activities our program is implementing for the private sector growth through job creation, and targeted support for increased sales and...
15
APR
2015

Getting Ready for the Fashion Fair in Albania

Today, EMPOWER Private Sector facilitated a meeting with 8 textile and apparel companies from Kosovo who are interested in participating in the Southeast Europe Textile, Fashion and Façon Expo that will be organized in Tirana, Albania in the beginning of June 2015. EMPOWER has...
07
APR
2015

Women Organizations Learn About Our Grants

On April 7, EMPOWER Private Sector’s Deputy Director Skender Rama gave a presentation about our program at the bi-monthly members meeting of Kosova Women’s Network.