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Banking on burritos: A tasty profit

Google good places to eat in Skopje and you’ll soon stumble upon some rave reviews from all over the world for the burritos at La Puerta, a new Mexican take-away in the centre of the capital. ‘Great veggie burrito!!!’, ‘Nice tortillas, good service and tasty food... I recommend the chicken burrito - more


Being your own boss

Senat Demiri is Roma and lives in Shuto Orizari, one of the most economically deprived areas of Skopje. Mr. Demiri had been without a regular formal job for ten years when he first heard of a programme to help people start and run their own businesses. "The idea of being my own boss was a big a more


Designing her way to the top

Jelena Kostovska showed a talent for designing clothes at an early age. After attending textile vocational school, she got to work with two leading designers and sold her products in boutique shops. But then she ran into obstacles that many entrepreneurs face in the former Yugoslav Republi more


Job prospects helping to keep families together

"It’s not right to say there’s no work in this country when people have so much potential they don’t realize," says Qerim Dauti. "We should be trying to create jobs here - finding ways to use the skills we already have, not leaving our homes to find work abroad." Qerim speaks fro more


Where there's a skill, there's a way: Supporting entrepreneurs

“I started applying for jobs as soon as I completed my dentistry studies,” says 30-year old Arta Alija, “But I had no luck with any of the state clinics.” A harsh lesson that many young people are learning in these difficult economic times is that educational qualifications, training and skills are more

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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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