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Increased capacity spurs commercial growth

Husband-and-wife bakery owners Faton Deshishku and Valbona Raifi both grew up eating grandma dishes steeped in tradition. Today, with USAID’s help, they are sharing those recipes with customers with a hankering for savoring (but none of the time for making) those same delights in their own homes.

A small company that started with USAID support now employs 22 people

The ordered tangle of blue, green and red lines on Krenar Spahija’s computer screen may well map out the way to a prosperous future for Kosovo, this small country in Southeastern Europe. 

Vesa Gashi has a plan for anyone and everyone in Kosovo with a reason to celebrate.

Vesa Gashi has a plan for anyone and everyone in Kosovo with a reason to celebrate. Whether you’re getting married, celebrating a birthday or just hankering to party, Gashi, 26, is here to help. Since Gashi began her own event management company in 2012, she has planned more than 150 bashes, soirées and other parties.

Tools, training help leather artisan realize old dreams and new profits

Egmend Daija has always made an art of his work as an artisan, designing and creating by hand one-of-a-kind purses, briefcases and just about every other kind of product that can be sewn from leather.

Pleurat Buçaj started his own nursery to export regionally

USAID, through its Young Entrepreneurs Program, which ran from September 2010 through September 2013, helped Pleurat Buçaj craft the business plan that has guided his nursery’s successful launch.


Last updated: July 11, 2014

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