Ensuring hygienic preparation of food is the first step that women must take in preparing products for market. Therefore, NGO Parajsa Jonë (Our Paradise) invited 20 women to its training on food hygiene in Krojmir village in Lipjan Municipality. The topic raised so much interest that more than 43 women, ages eight to 55, attended.
Participants engaged in discussions related to food hygiene, setting the right temperature for food, avoiding the spread of diseases, pasteurizing food, buying raw products and delivering final products.
Hanife, a participant, offered her garden for the training. “I am very happy to share this space with women,” she said. “It’s hard for women to leave their houses. This is a perfect excuse for them to get out of their daily routine.”
Sylbije Sahiti, Executive Director of Parajsa Jonë, who participates actively in fairs, shared her experience. She encouraged participants to undertake initiatives to earn money and empower themselves economically.
“Do not be ashamed or afraid of sharing your ideas with others and making your dreams become a reality,” she told women who had gathered on plastic lawn chairs. “When I first started this initiative, I didn’t have support from my family. My husband didn’t think I could do it. However, today he has seen the success and he is very supportive. Now I can provide income for my family” she said. “I believe that each of you has unique ideas, can become successful and can earn money for yourself and your family.”