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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.

Access to clean water as the most basic human needs.

Access to clean water is one of the most basic human needs. Without a proper water drainage system in place, wastewater can wreak havoc on communities large and small, carrying disease and damaging property. For a small village in northern Kosovo, a damaged water drainage channel had devastating effects on the health and livelihood of the community.

USAID supported road renovations in Čitluk/Çitlluk (Zubin Potok), increasing seniors’ access to health care.

Reliable transportation infrastructure is vital for the economic and social development of a remote community, particularly as it concerns residents’ access to health care and education.

New varieties, technologies and practices put table grape industry on path to growth.

USAID’s comprehensive efforts to modernize Kosovo’s table grape industry have paid off, with local growers signing a major export deal to supply markets in Western Europe.

Dairy farmer receives timely feedback on milk quality and dairy cow health

Dukagjin Dedaj, a dairy farmer in Kosovo for more than a decade, started with a herd of 15 cows that grew into 52. Dedaj has always known his cows produce excellent quality milk. Today, thanks to USAID, the proof is in his pocket.


Last updated: July 11, 2014

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