Stories


Don’t keep thinking about - just do it!

Like many towns and cities throughout the country, unemployment is high in Tetovo and good job opportunities are rare, even for graduates with work experience like Lumi.  


Saving Lake Prespa: Restoring a freshwater ecosystem while strengthening the local economy

For over five decades now, Kole Vasilevski, 68, has been casting his nets in the waters of one of our planet’s most ancient lakes, Lake Prespa. But recent years have seen a dramatic decline in the…  


Community Work Programme in Pehcevo: Transforming the Lives of Children and Adults

Parents and young children in the small town of Pehcevo have recently seen a major improvement in their quality of life with the opening of a new nursery group for children aged 9-24 months.  



Pioneering Hairdresser in Suto Orizari Shows Potential for Roma Businesses

With UNDP's support, over 8,000 people have received coaching, training and start-up grants to start their own small businesses in the past eight years.  


Enjoying the fruits of her labour – how apples changed one woman’s life!

Violeta Prculovska used to be an accountant, travelling five days a week to the office at 9 and returning home at 5. But that was before apples changed her life. Now, at the age of 53, she works…  


The Taste of Success

Declared 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…  


From Mechanic to Exemplary Baker

Rufat’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…  


A Precious Partnership

Creating 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…  


‘I know you can do it!’ - Helping people with disabilities become entrepreneurs

One hundred and twenty people with disabilities will soon get the chance to run their own businesses under a new expansion of the country’s successful Self-Employment Programme. Special provisions…  

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