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Transforming Lives

Zorica Mekic of Sekovici learned beekeeping through USAID’s “Women’s Empowerment Through Farming” Project.

Until recently, supporting herself with her own income was not even a possibility for Zorica Mekic, a 38-year-old mother of three who lives in Sekovici, one of the poorest municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Mekic managed to finish primary school but had not even learned to drive when the Bosnian war broke out in spring 1992.

Sarajevo at night: Lighting Bosnia’s Path to the EU with Electricity Reform

One of USAID's first interventions in Bosnia and Herzegovina was to help rebuild the country’s energy infrastructure in 1996. From the bigger cities to the tiniest of villages throughout the country, USAID provided assistance to repair power lines, rebuild substations, and repair and bring power plants back online. 

Immediately upon installation, the new tax collection system identified 6,200 so-called ‘stop filers’, and more than 1,400 of th

When the owners of a local retail company decided to quit paying taxes a couple years ago, they simply stopped filing their tax returns. At the time, the auditing mechanisms used by tax authorities were unable to detect this irregularity, and the company could get away it. Not anymore.  

Alen Jusupovic, 23, and two of the donkeys (Ceca and Cica) on his farm in Zavidovici.

Alen Jusupović, a 23-year-old student of agricultural engineering in Sarajevo, was intrigued by the idea of starting a donkey farm after learning that a similar business was thriving in neighboring countries. In 2012, he set out to have the first in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

Members of the Federation of BiH Women’s Caucus
Going against the tide of politics and tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), women parliamentarians have come together to form the country's first issues-based caucus, one that centers on common interests rather than party platforms. 
 

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Last updated: June 05, 2014

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