Established in 2011, Taulant Koshi’s business exports products, such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and jam, throughout the region as well as to Germany and Italy. A grant from the Young Entrepreneurs Project is helping the business increase its capacity and hire more employees. “We are amongst top exporters in Kosovo in the food industry,” he says. “We stimulate as much as we can the local economy.”
Applying what he learned through the Young Entrepreneurs Program, Muhamet Duka today runs a successful raspberry-growing business. “When I started alone, I had a different management style.” he says. “But with the help of USAID, which organized gatherings and information exchanges, I learned different methods of how to deal with raspberries in the best possible manner.”
The Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) is transforming the lives of youth in Kosovo by supporting the growth of small businesses. Watch as young men and women, such as Muhamet Duka and Flutura Dedinja, explain how support from YEP has enabled them to realize their dreams of launching their own businesses.
“I am one of those leaders who likes to run a business and likes to employ people,” says Flutura Dedinja, who runs a clothing design company. She dreams that her fashions will be sold in outlets throughout the region within two years.
A former teacher, Shpëtim Thaçi had a dream that Kosovo could produce its own chalk. With support from the Young Entrepreneurs Program, he was able to buy the equipment he needed. “The amount I could produce in three to four months would meet the annual needs Kosovo has for chalk,” he says. He plans to expand his business to Albania within the next few years.
Malawi primary schools face issues of large classes, high repetition rates, and teachers who resort to lectures and other marginally effective rote learning techniques to teach crowded classrooms. The Malawi Tikwere! (Let’s go up!) program uses interactive radio instruction (IRI) broadcasts to address these issues and bring student-centered instruction to primary schools countrywide.
STEP works with the Ministry of National Education (MEN for its initials in French) to build the capacity of its personnel to offer high-quality training and support to Madagascar’s growing numbers of teachers and schools. Based on STEP’s successful pilot program in the provinces of Toliara, Fianarantsoa, and Tamatave, MEN is expanding the program nationally with technical assistance from EDC.
The USAID Advancing Youth Project will provide increased access to quality alternative basic education services, social and leadership development and livelihoods for out of school Liberian youth aged 13-35 who have no or marginal literacy and numeracy skills. The project will work closely with the Ministry of Education and community-based organizations to build their capacity to manage a system and programs that provide youth with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
The Hewlett-Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HPLIFE)is a global program that helps students, potential entrepreneurs, and small business owners establish and grow their businesses by providing online and face-to-face training in IT and business skills. EDC has developed an online modular curriculum for HPLIFE that covers the topics of finance, marketing, operations, and communication.
The YES (Youth Employability Skills) Network will connect the supply and demand side of labor in Macedonia through various interventions in order to raise the quality of workers and connect them more readily to jobs.
Heroin is the most commonly used illicit drug in Vietnam. In support of the work of Family Health International (FHI) in Vietnam, EDC is providing training and technical assistance on group facilitation skills to leaders of peer-support groups for recovering heroin addicts.
EQuALLS2 increases access to quality basic education and livelihood skills in areas most affected by conflict and poverty in the Philippines (primarily the Muslim areas in the Mindanao island group in the south). EQuALLS2 is a large-scale project that seeks to benefit 345,000 children and youth in 37 municipalities and four cities by training 37,238 educators and school officials, building the capacity of 850 local education stakeholder groups, and expanding local education resources through public-private partnerships.
In South Sudan, teachers are hampered by a lack of formal training and a student-teacher ratio of 100 to 1. EDC’s South Sudan Teacher Education Project is providing educators with the skills they need to address these challenges.
The Educational Quality Improvement Program 3 (EQUIP3) is a Leader-with-Associate Award that is designed to improve earning, learning, and skill development opportunities for out-of-school youth in developing countries.
Ruwwad, taken from the Arabic word for “pioneers,” is a ground-breaking program created by Palestinians, for Palestinians. Its mission is to empower Palestinian youth and the adults who serve them, so that both groups can become strong local leaders and change-makers. Since 2005, Ruwwad has been planned, designed, and implemented “by youth, for youth,” with a focus on positive leadership development for young women and men ages 14 to 30.
EDC contributes to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s economic growth by identifying “high impact” information and communication technologies (ICT) applications that will quickly and significantly improve the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in entire industries.
The Social Legacy Program (SLP) reaches out to youth and other vulnerable groups in the Europe and Eurasia region, giving them the tools they need to become local leaders and promote social change. Due to widespread socio-economic insecurity and a dramatic collapse in basic social services, these groups face great barriers to finding work and gaining viable skills, while the region on the whole struggles to make the transition towards market-oriented, democratic societies.
The Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project in Guyana seeks to strengthen youth’s access to justice and equip youth with market-driven skills and attitudes to improve their ability to transition to the workforce. SKYE will target a total of approximately 600 youth beneficiaries who do not have the necessary education, skills and behaviors for integration into the workforce; many will be school dropouts and/or involved in the juvenile justice system.