Our Stories

  • A Precious PartnershipA Precious PartnershipCreating filigree jewellery requires a deep knowledge of tradition and a great deal of skill and patience, not to mention the aesthetic taste needed to achieve a pleasing combination of art and functionality. These essential ingredients are all evident in abundance from the first moment you walk into the little jewellery shop recently opened in the centre of Skopje by Maja Doneva and Andriana Aleksovska—a shop full of their beautiful and unique creations.

  • Banking on burritos: A tasty profit Banking on burritos: A tasty profit

  • Being your own bossBeing your own boss

  • Designing her way to the topDesigning her way to the top

  • From Mechanic to Exemplary BakerFrom Mechanic to Exemplary BakerRufat’s success story highlights the important role played by mentors, coaches, and the Roma Information Centres. These have proved invaluable in informing and motivating members of the Roma population who face many more obstacles than most in entering the labour market. Whereas the jobless rate for the general population is now 25.5%, for Roma it is estimated as high as 75%.

  • Job prospects helping to keep families togetherJob prospects helping to keep families together

  • Kumanovo's sports center for people with disabilities scores double goal for social inclusionKumanovo's sports center for people with disabilities scores double goal for social inclusion

  • Succeeding with style: A new project is helping Roma entrepreneurs achieve their dreams Succeeding with style: A new project is helping Roma entrepreneurs achieve their dreamsIn the last seven years, the Self-Employment Programme has helped over 6,000 people to start up their own companies. A new initiative aims at ensuring that the opportunities offered by the Self-Employment Programme are extended to unemployed Roma.

  • Taking inclusion to a new level with My Municipality Taking inclusion to a new level with My MunicipalityThe launch of an innovative new system called My Municipality is set to transform the way the public communicate their priorities to decision-makers, radically increasing the inclusiveness of the municipality’s policy-making processes.

  • The Taste of SuccessThe Taste of SuccessDeclared the Best Female Entrepreneur in 2015, Zivka Kostadinovska was one of the first participants in the Self-Employment Programme set up by UNDP and the Government nine years ago to help unemployed people start up their own companies. Initially piloted in 2007 and soon expanded nationwide, the highly successful Programme has since directly supported the creation of almost 8,000 new companies.

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Self Employment: Success Stories

This brochure presents the individual stories of just some of the thousands of unemployed people who have succesfully participated in the Self-Employment Programme, implemented by the Government and UNDP. These stories of success, together with information on the aims of the Programme, the application and selection process, and follow-up support, provide both a guide and an inspiration for those who are interested in applying to take part in the programme.

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