After analysing the situation of unemployment of youth and women in rural areas, the Association of Women Farmers (AWF) “Krusha e Vogel”, supported by Kosovo Women’s Fund (KWF) and financed by Austrian Development Agency (ADA), undertook the initiative “Advancing women and girls in rural areas”. Together with project beneficiaries, the staff of AWF “Krusha e Vogel” organized meetings with local level institutions representatives in Prizren, in order to get informed on different possibilities and programmes on employment and vocational training, subventions, etc.
On Mar. 1, AWF “Krusha e Vogel” organized the closing activity after the training on milk processing, respectively the preparation of cheese as a final product. This product is planned to be sold to restaurants, as well as in different houses of the village.
“Most of the projects aiming the economic empowerment were focused on men, flaunting women, especially girls” said Florentina Avdyli, one of the participants, adding that this is the first activity she attended since she finished university. “The unemployment in our areas is quite high, despite the fact that most of the girls have finished university, they cannot find a job.”
The greatest achievement of the project is the economic empowerment of 4 youngsters through their employment in the milk collection centre. Also, four women and men have applied for grants at the Directorate for Agriculture and Rural Development. The project resulted on training the participants on how to find different ways towards their economic empowerment through different activities and opportunities with which they have been presented during the implementation of the project in the Vocational Training Centre, Employment Bureau, through the application for grants and subventions, etc.