21
MAR
2018

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Gretchen Birkle visits Dekoriti

On March 21st 2018, the USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Gretchen Birkle was joined by USAID Mission Director James Hope, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Swedish Embassy Goran Paulson, USAID Economic Growth Office Director Brian Martalus and team at a...
18
MAR
2018

Promoting Kosovo tourism in France

On March 15th – 18th 2018, tour operator Outdoor Kosovo was in France to promote Kosovo as an adventure tourism destination at the Destinations Nature in Paris. This fair the largest annual tourism fair focused in nature destinations, outdoor and adventure. EMPOWER Private Sector...
14
MAR
2018

Kosovo apparel producers learn from their Macedonian counterparts

On March 14th – 15th 2018, Kosovo apparel companies Creative, Fashion Network, CroFashion, Puntex, and Artatex visited four Macedonian apparel manufacturers to gain first-hard knowledge on production processes.  During the two-day visit, the Kosovo companies learned about quality...
10
MAR
2018

Empowering Entrepreneurial Women at the first Global Mentoring Walk in Kosovo   

On March 10th 2018, the first ever Global Mentoring Walk was held in Prishtina in celebration of International Women’s Day. The event is held annually on the same day in over 60 countries of the world so that established businesswomen and leaders can mentor and support women...
06
MAR
2018

US Ambassador visits Unipek bakery

On March 6th 2018, US Ambassador Greg Delawie visited EMPOWER beneficiary Unipek in Zvecan. Unipek is a bakery that operates under the Moment brand name that produces a variety of baked goods, including croissants, rolls, pretzels, bagels, and packaged frozen pastry products. The...
05
MAR
2018

Tiki Mosaic turns trash into treasure   

On March 5th 2018, USAID Deputy Mission Director Lisa Magno visited Tiki Mosaic in Mitrovica. The Deputy Mission Director witnessed the fascinating process of how glass waste collected from all over Kosovo is recycled into beautiful and colorful mosaic tiles. The company was...
05
MAR
2018

Albed to become the first Kosovo company to produce leather furniture

On March 5th 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with @Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbetesigned signed a grant with wood processing company Albed. The grant for new equipment will enable the company to substitute leather furniture imports with...
05
MAR
2018

Sweet visit at Konditoria

On March 5th 2018, USAID Deputy Mission Director Lisa Magno visited sweets producer Konditoria in Mitrovica. Konditoria produces over a hundred varieties of cakes and sweets which are sold at many restaurants and cafés in Kosovo. During the visit, the company CEO Kriton Begolli...
05
MAR
2018

Idrizi company to create 45 new jobs through grant support

On March 5th 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbetesigned signed a grant with Idrizi, a producer of upholstery products and products from medium-density fiberboard (MDF). The grant will support Idrizi to purchase...
05
MAR
2018

Genkor receives grant to obtain quality certification

On March 5th 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbetesigned signed a grant with wood processing company Genkor. The grant will enable Genkor to obtain the quality management system certification ISO 9001:2015,...
28
FEB
2018

No more spoiled raspberries for young Kosovo farmer

On February 28th 2018, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbetesigned signed a grant with raspberry farmer Marko Milicević to co-finance the purchase of post-harvest cooling and freezing chambers for his company...
14
FEB
2018

Empowering Farmers with Important Information

On February 7th 2017, an informative session was held with farmers from North Kosovo to inform them about grant opportunities at the Kosovo Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development. Over 40 enthusiastic farmers attended and found the session to be valuable. “We...
01
FEB
2018

USAID Mission Director Hope Visits Intertex Company in Gjakova

On February 1st 2018, USAID Mission Director James Hope visited Intertex company, a leather and textile company established in 2015, in Gjakova. The company produces work uniforms, covers for cars, and leather bags, and currently has 237 employees. During the visit the Board...
21
DEC
2017

Binni supported to obtain four quality standard certifications

On December 21st 2017, wood processing company Binni was awarded a grant to obtain four quality standard certifications. The grant from EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbetesigned will enable Binni to obtain the...
21
DEC
2017

More new jobs to be created by wood processing company Ukaj

On December 21st 2017, EMPOWER Private Sector in partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbetesigned signed a grant with Ukaj to support the company to upgrade its existing production capacities. The grant will also enable Ukaj to introduce a new...
14
DEC
2017

Moment bakery expands throughout north Kosovo

On December 14th 2017, USAID Economic Growth Office Director Brian Martalus joined the owner of Unipek Saša Tomašević in the inauguration of the Moment bakery in Zvecan. Unipek is a bakery under the brand name Moment that produces a variety of baked goods, including puff pastry,...
14
DEC
2017

North Kosovo producers reach success through grant support

On December 14th 2017, the USAID Kosovo team led by USAID Economic Growth Office Director Brian Martalus visited two EMPOWER Private Sector beneficiaries in north Kosovo. First stop was at Peppermint International, the only large-scale producer of essential oils from a wide...
07
DEC
2017

Students show creativity and talent at the Wood Industry Convention

On December 7th 2017, the Wood Industry Convention – second edition ended with the announcement of the winners of the Student Design Contest. The winner of the first-place was Vlorjan Pacarizi, the second-place winner was Vildane Maliqi, and the third-place winner Arian...