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Transforming Lives

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Kosovo growers sell their hand-picked asparagus under the brand name Viridis. It’s Latin for fresh, young and green.

June 2014—A new opportunity for Kosovo’s farmers has sent up its first tender green shoots, only to see them quickly harvested, cooled, packaged and sold to an enthusiastic public.

Kosovo produced its first asparagus crop in 2014, marking the culmination of a three-year effort by USAID to introduce cultivation of the spring delicacy.

Two USAID programs are working together to make contractual agreements more widely used within the construction sector.

June 2014—While USAID is working to increase the use of contracts throughout Kosovo’s private sector, the lack of written agreements has been particularly problematic in the construction industry, where disputes often lead to significant delay in much-needed infrastructure.

The linkage bridges the ethnic differences, promoting both economic wellbeing and mutual trust.

Kosovo’s Serb dairy farmers are increasing their incomes, commercial sustainability, and local production of quality milk thanks to a novel public-private partnership.

Communities Work Together to Breathe New Life into Kosovo’s Schools

The war that ravaged Kosovo in the late 1990s took a devastating toll on the country’s infrastructure, and its schools were no exception.

Youth from Zubin Potok started his own production of shitake mushrooms with help from USAID

Miloš Grujić, a civil engineering student from Kosovo's Zupče/Zupçë village in the town of Zubin Potok, first discovered the shiitake mushroom while surfing the Internet in search of a viable business idea. An entrepreneurial young man in a country with high unemployment, Grujić did not want to wait for a job to find him. After researching what it would take to cultivate the mushrooms, he developed a business plan and approached USAID’s Community Action Initiative Program for help to purchase his startup materials.

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Last updated: July 11, 2014

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