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...
30
APR
2018

Kosovo apparel producer to soon introduce a new production line!

On April 30th, 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency signed a grant with apparel company Agnesa Tex to co-finance equipment for a new production line for underwear. The grant will enable the company to expand...
27
APR
2018

Supporting the empowerment of Girls in ICT!

On April 27th, 2018, young women from all over Kosovo came together to celebrate the international Girls in ICT Day in Prishtina. The event is held annually all over the world to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider education and careers in the field of...
26
APR
2018

Export-ready companies learn about export facilitation services and a one stop shop database

On April 26th 2018, twenty EMPOWER Private Sector beneficiaries attended an information session delivered by Management and Development Associates on export facilitation services and a one stop shop database. The export-ready companies were informed about a database consisting of...
26
APR
2018

Women-owned companies empowered with grant support to create jobs

On April 26th 2018, Sela Imeri, owner of confectionary producing company Embelsia, and Svetlana Utvic, owner of fruit processing company Stilus, signed grants awarded by EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with  Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The...
24
APR
2018

BONEVET opens its doors for young makers in Prishtina

On April 24th, 2018, BONEVET officially inaugurated its new Markerspace in Prishtina, a few months after it opened its doors for the first time for classes and workshops in Kosovo’s capital city. The US Ambassador Greg Delawie, USAID Mission Director James Hope, Ambassador of...
23
APR
2018

More cycling activities ahead for adventure tourism enthusiasts

On April 17th 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency signed a grant agreement with Butterfly Outdoor Adventure for the purchase of cycling equipment. The new equipment will enable the tour operator to organize...
20
APR
2018

Creative to Create New Jobs through Grant Support

On April 10th 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency signed a grant agreement with apparel company Creative. The grant will help Creative purchase new equipment which will enable the expansion of production...
29
MAR
2018

Young entrepreneur Shkamb Koshi to further expand KOSHI GROUP and create new jobs

On March 29th 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency signed a grant with KOSHI GROUP to support the purchase of new equipment which will aid the company’s expansion. KOSHI GROUP is a manufacturer of...
22
MAR
2018

Upcoming ICT events to inspire and provide opportunities for Kosovo’s youth

On March 22nd 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency signed a grant with Ipko Foundation to support the implementation of this year’s Girls in ICT Day and DokuTech technological conference. Girls in ICT Day...