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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 amore


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 Republimore


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 fromore


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

“This is a very special day for me,” says Tatjana Arsovska, “It’s the first time in twelve years my son has clapped his hands!” Tatjana’s son, aged 12, is taking part in his first class at a sports centre in Kumanovo specially designed for the needs of people with disabilities. “He has a severe fomore


Succeeding with style: A new project is helping Roma entrepreneurs achieve their dreams

“What I’ve always wanted more than anything else,” says Erdal Ibraimov, a young man from the Roma community in Kumanovo, “is to carry on the family tradition and open my own hairdressing salon. My family have been cutting hair for fifty years and my mother, Zizi, is one of the most popular hairdressmore


Taking inclusion to a new level with My Municipality – a new tool for the public to communicate their priorities to local decision-makers

Today saw the Municipality of Tetovo take a major step forward in increasing the transparency, accountability and responsiveness of local government. The launch of an innovative new system called My Municipality is set to transform the way the public communicate their priorities to decision-makers, 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 aremore

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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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