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Kosovo Wood Processors Make a Breakthrough  Into Online Foreign Markets

When life threw him a challenge, Sheqer Ukaj rose to the occasion, despite facing a lack of technology, lack of financial support, and high lending rates. His path to success started, somewhat symbolically, with a wooden door he made himself. Combining the family’s three-generation tradition of wood processing with his background in engineering, in the mid 1980s, he opened a furniture production company in Kosovo named Ukaj.

Local Tour Operators Put Kosovo on the Adventure Travel Map

Due to its tumultuous history, the country’s rugged mountains and breathtaking vistas have largely been a secret kept by the traders and shepherds that have called them home for centuries—until recently. A group of local tour operators is now working to broadcast that secret, promoting Europe’s youngest country as its newest adventure travel destination

Kosovo’s Businesses See Value in Going Green

September 2016—Faruk Kosumi is a born salesman, but he insists that his newest venture—Kosovo’s first glass waste recycler—sells itself. “What we end up with is more than just a product, it is art,” the 32-year-old CEO explains.

Preserving Access to Pre – school Education in Kosovo

At Lane kindergarten in Kosovo’s municipality of Zvečan/Zveçan, 330 children learn, play together, and explore their world with energy and curiosity. Despite an excellent learning environment, Lane faced threats of closure last year following a kitchen health inspection. The kitchen simply did not meet minimum food safety standards.

Raspberry Farming Builds Wealth for Family

In 2015, during an overwhelmingly fruitful first season, they sold 6 tons of raspberries, generating an income of about $12,400. For their second season, the couple quickly expanded their farm by more than fourfold, to 3.2 acres. As a result, they now expect to bring in a larger harvest—and greater profit.


Last updated: October 13, 2016

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