WEE Simple

WEE SIMPLE

The Millennium Foundation Kosovo (MFK) has launched the final component of the Women in Energy Entrepreneurs (WEE) Program: the Pilot SIMPLE Group.

The SIMPLE Group offers grants for women-owned micro-businesses and startups in selected municipalities across Kosovo. These grants are designed to help women entrepreneurs in Kosovo grow their businesses through a more efficient use of energy.

The Pilot SIMPLE Group project will initially be implemented in the following municipalities: Ferizaj, Fushë Kosova, Gjakova, Gjilan, Gracanica, North Mitrovica, Podujeva, Prishtina, and Prizren.

This component is designed for new businesses with bright ideas, very limited funds, or for founders who are socially less advantaged. Maximum grant funding is  €3,000, and includes a 15% contribution from applicants.

WHO COULD APPLY

Women-owned micro-businesses and startups who want to grow their business with more energy efficient technologies and/or energy saving measures.

Eligibility criteria:

  • At least 51% women owned
  • Fewer than 5 employees
  • Startup women-owned businesses and individual entrepreneurs
  • Located in one of the Municipalities included in this Call for Applications
  • Startup businesses that are working but are not registered yet are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Those businesses which are awarded grants will have to finish the registration of their business as part of the grant condition prior to the verification of the project. Otherwise, the grant must be returned to MFK.
  • Require an investment grant of not more than €3,000 (including a 15% own contribution)
  • Wish to grow their business with more energy efficient technologies and/or energy saving measures
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Reconomy

Title: Reconomy Project


ECONOMIC SECTOR / MARKET – Information communication and technology (ICT), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) SUPPORTING FUNCTION/RULE – Skills development, financial and business services, coordination
TIME FRAME & PLACE – August 2020 – April 2022 Western Balkans
CO-FACILITATION PARTNER – Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V

Focus

This pilot idea focuses on regionally replicating and improving successful models from Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina in the ICT and BPO sectors in Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo & Montenegro. The pilot idea also builds on (a) the proposal submitted by Hilfe which the Sida program selection committee evaluated and (b) complementary assessments of ideas generated by the Sida program in June and July as part of designing the program.

Vision

The ICT-BPO pilot effectively responds to the critical constraints and create a Western Balkan ‘value proposition’. This in practice means branding of the region by stimulating the competitiveness of private sector enterprises and creating a critical mass by attracting more services and clients. This is expected to generate more inclusive and sustainable benefits for women and young people as well as other disadvantaged and excluded groups.

The pilot facilitates:

1. Access to better functioning business services (e.g. information /research and knowledge generation),
2. The supply of skilled workforce (with better employability or freelancing) demanded by the private sector and facilitation of participation on the freelance brokering platforms, and the improvement of the membership organizations’ business development to link domestic companies and foreign clients as well as an advocate towards a regional brand for the promotion of the BPO sector.

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“Socio-economic empowerment of the Western Balkans”

German non-governmental organisation Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe (missions to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia) is informing the public on the release of the 3.35 million Euros worth German-supported programme “Socio-economic empowerment of the Western Balkans”. 

The German non-governmental organisation Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe is implementing a 3,35 million Euros, German-supported programme “Socio-economic empowerment of the Western Balkans” to enhance the socio-economic stability of the region in 2021 until the end of December 2022.

The programme objective is to create mechanisms and networks for the empowerment of marginalised groups including COVID-19 recovery measures and thus facilitate their inclusion and social prosperity.

The focus of the activities, in all Western Balkans countries, is on the job-creation through the establishment of new businesses and provision of support to the existing ones affected by the COVID-19.  The assistance will be provided to socially vulnerable groups, women, youth, people with disabilities, prisoners, and local communities, through economic empowerment involving the building of personal and professional skills.

By the end of the project, it is expected that in the Western Balkans, Help will have supported at least 470 small scale businesses. At least 900 people will have increased their personal and professional skills. The penitentiary support to 18 prisons and at least 15 local initiatives completed, and a social platform fully operational on the regional level.

Timo Stegelmann, Help Deputy Managing Director

Following the principle of “Help towards self-reliance”, Help supports the efforts of low-income families, women, youth, prisoners, and former prisoners, people with disabilities to improve their living conditions through their own means and for the long-term to strengthen the resilience of communities.”

Kosovo

160 micro business will be supported in equipment, business and vocational training. The project is funded by the German Government and partner municipalities and implemented by Help Kosovo.

Partner Municipalities within the project are:

Klina – 30 grants, Malisheva – 25, Rahovec – 25, Skënderaj – 20, Dragash – 20, Kamenica – 20 and Shtime – 20.

Shqipe Breznica, Country Director: “In Kosovo, Help will continue its effort in empowering micro-businesses with in-kind grants and provide business and professional training to increase their capacities as well as to facilitate labour market access. Kosovo Correctional Services and Kosovo Probation Services will be supported within the resocialization component. As for the local communities’ improvement, kindergartens in the capital will be supported to create a stimulating environment. In addition, previously established local structures will be utilized in synergetic action for a common good to produce and set up outdoor trash bins installed in the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina”.

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“Support to socio-economic stability through empowerment of micro business sector in Kosovo

Project was financed from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of German Government, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, partner Municipalities whereas is implemented by Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e>v. Kosovo and Foundation Kosovo-Luxembourg.

Project “Support to socio-economic stability through empowerment of micro business sector in Kosovo” was implemented during May 2015 till December 2016 in following municipalities: Prishtina, Mitrovica, Ferizaj, Graçanica, North Mitrovica, Leposaviq, Vushtrri, Gjakova and Gjilan.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development and the stability in targeted areas with the main focus on the economic empowerment. Whereas the specific objective is job creation through direct economic and educational support to micro business sector in Kosovo

Project components

Grants for micro businesses

Business and vocational trainings

Support to development of cooperatives

Assistance within the project “Reintegration and Rehabilitation of the Prisoners”

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Support to socio-economic stability through empowerment of micro business sector in Kosovo – Migration Prevention and Stabilisation

Project: “Support to socio-economic stability through empowerment of micro business sector in Kosovo – Migration Prevention and Stabilisation”

Duration: February 2016 – December 2017

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Government

Location: Republic of Kosovo

Municipalities of Prishtine, Gracanice, Gjakove, Vushtrri, Gjilan, Mitrovica, North Mitrovica and Leposavic during 2016 and Vushtrri, Peje, Prizren and Novobrdo during 2017.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development and the stability in targeted areas with the main focus on the economic empowerment

The specific objective – job creation through direct economic and educational support to micro business sector in Kosovo

The proposed action represents the continuation of the programme commenced in 2015 as the second phase. The project components will lead to the direct job creation thus contribute to the socio-economic stability in targeted areas are:

Grants for micro businesses

Business and vocational trainings

Assistance within the project “Reintegration and Rehabilitation of the Prisoners”

Project “Support to socio-economic stability through empowerment of micro business sector in Kosovo”

Duration: May 2015 – December 2016

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Government

Location: Republic of Kosovo

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Support to Sustainable Economic Development at the Municipal Level

Project: “Support to Sustainable Economic Development at the Municipal Level”

Duration: September – December 2018

Help Kosovo signed a cooperation agreement with Ministry of Local Government Administration within the project “Support to Sustainable Economic Development at the Municipal Level”. This project will provide professional training for at least 40 citizens in the Municipality of Kamenica.

Trainings will be designed on the basis of citizens’ requests, but will focus on creating a skilled workforce that creates opportunities for self-employment.

Target groups are young and marginalized groups. The type of training can be: electrician, central heating, welding, tailoring, hairdressing, bakery craft, etc.

 

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Support to socio-economic stability in the western Balkans region 2017-2018

Project: “Support to socio-economic stability in the western Balkans region 2017-2018”

Duration: May 2017 – December 2018

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Government

Location: Republic of Kosovo-Municipalities of Suhareka, Lipjan, Decan, Strpce, Istog, Gjakova, Gracanica, Mitrovica and North Mitrovica.

The overall objective of the program is to increase the capacity of economically and socially vulnerable groups to participate more fully in society.

Specific objective of the program: Decreased levels of poverty among economically vulnerable groups

The project components that will lead to the direct job creation of at least 240 registered employees, thus contribute to the socio-economic stability in targeted areas, are:

Grants for micro businesses

Business and vocational trainings

Support community entrepreneurial initiatives throughout the country

Supporting four correctional institutions in the rehabilitation and re-socialization of persons who have been in conflict with the law

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Self-Employment Training Program

Project: “Self-Employment Training Program”

Duration: July 30, 2018 – October 31, 2019

Expanding job opportunities for youth in Kosovo is the focus of our latest Self-Employment Training Program. USAID Empower Private Sector project signed a grant agreement with organization Help Kosovo to implement the training program which aims to foster employ-ability and entrepreneurship of vulnerable and marginalized youth in Gjilan, Viti, Kacanik, and Hani i Elezit. In the next 15 months, the program will deliver business skills training to around 200 youth, and upon completion, the top 32 business proposals presented by the trained youth will receive small grants to start their own businesses. In partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete.

The objective of this Activity is to foster youth employability and entrepreneurship for vulnerable and marginalized youth through the Self-Employment (SE) Training Program in the municipalities of Kacanik, Hani i Elezit, Viti, and Gjilan.

The SE program will consist of two components: a relevant “business training” course, followed by the provision of self-employment grants to a selected number of high-potential youth participants. Key partners in collaborating in implementation will include local municipalities, the MLSW and other relevant local organizations. Business trainings will be provided in each municipality for two groups of 25 participants. This adds to a total of 200 people. At least 32 selected participants will receive a self-employment grant of up to EUR 3,650, amounting to a total of 32 youth grantees.

Help, in coordination with relevant municipality representatives, will reach, recruit, train, and provide self-employment grants. In total, 200 young people will attend a five (5) day business training course and in each municipality, there will be two (2) groups of 25 participants. The training will cover:

Generating and refining your business idea, start-up basics, how to register a new business

Introduction to business plans, business plan building basics

Market research and strategic planning

Marketing for small business, small business promotion, and social media platforms

Small business accounting and taxes.

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Support to socio-economic stability in the western Balkans region 2019-2020

2020

Continuation of the Project “Support to socio-economic stability in the western Balkans region 2019-2020” in Prishtina, Gjakova, Skënderaj and support to Correctional centers with equipment in the rehabilitation and re-socialization of convicts.

2019

Project “Support to socio-economic stability in the western Balkans region 2019-2020”

Supported financially by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Government, co-financed by the partner municipalities in Kosovo.

The overall objective of the program is to empower economically and socially vulnerable groups and enable social inclusion

Specific objectives of the program:

Specific Objective 1:

Decreased levels of poverty among economically vulnerable groups

Specific Objective 2:

Improvement of the treatment programs in correctional institutes and the process of re-integration into society

Specific Objective 3:

Better inclusion of Roma and vulnerable social cases in the society and migration prevention

In the Republic of Kosovo during 2019 & 2020 will be implemented the follow components:

Grants for micro businesses, provision of 200 grants to seven municipalities

Business and vocational training, at least 430 persons

Support to three Correctional centers with equipment in the rehabilitation and re-socialization of convicts

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Current Project

Project “Support to socio-economic stability in the western Balkans region 2019-2020”

Supported financially by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Government, co-financed by the partner municipalities in Kosovo.

The overall objective of the program is to empower economically and socially vulnerable groups and enable social inclusion

Specific objectives of the program:

Specific Objective 1:

Decreased levels of poverty among economically vulnerable groups

Specific Objective 2:

Improvement of the treatment programs in correctional institutes and the process of re-integration into society

Specific Objective 3:

Better inclusion of Roma and vulnerable social cases in the society and migration prevention

In the Republic of Kosovo during 2019 & 2020 will be implemented the follow components:

  1. Grants for micro businesses, provision of 200 grants to seven municipalities
  2. Business and vocational trainings, at least 430 persons
  3. Support to three Correctional centres with equipment in the rehabilitation and re-socialization of convicts

Project: “Self Employment Training Program”

Duration: July 30, 2018 – October 31, 2019

Expanding job opportunities for youth in Kosovo is the focus of our latest Self-Employment Training Program. USAID Empower Private Sector project signed a grant agreement with organization Help Kosovo to implement the training program which aims to foster employ-ability and entrepreneurship of vulnerable and marginalized youth in Gjilan, Viti, Kacanik, and Hani i Elezit. In the next 15 months, the program will deliver business skills training to around 200 youth, and upon completion, the top 32 business proposals presented by the trained youth will receive small grants to start their own businesses. In partnership with Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete.

The objective of this Activity is to foster youth employability and entrepreneurship for vulnerable and marginalized youth through the Self-Employment (SE) Training Program in the municipalities of Kacanik, Hani i Elezit, Viti, and Gjilan.

The SE program will consist of two components: a relevant “business training” course, followed by the provision of self-employment grants to a selected number of high-potential youth participants. Key partners in collaborating in implementation will include local municipalities, the MLSW and other relevant local organizations. Business trainings will be provided in each municipality for two groups of 25 participants. This adds to a total of 200 people. At least 32 selected participants will receive a self-employment grant of up to EUR 3,650, amounting to a total of 32 youth grantees.

Help, in coordination with relevant municipality representatives, will reach, recruit, train, and provide self-employment grants. In total, 200 young people will attend a five (5) day business training course and in each municipality, there will be two (2) groups of 25 participants. The training will cover:

  1. Generating and refining your business idea, start-up basics, how to register a new business
  2. Introduction to business plans, business plan building basics
  3. Market research and strategic planning
  4. Marketing for small business, small business promotion, and social media platforms
  5. Small business accounting and taxes.
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