From Rags to Riches

One of the poorest and least developed societies in Europe, unemployment is the biggest barrier to poverty relief in Kosova. Access to education is difficult and the school drop-out rate is high, particularly amongst girls – this means that later in life, women struggle to get a job and help support their families.

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Islamic Relief has run a Professional Training Centre in Kosova for over two years, through which hundreds of women and orphans have learnt valuable skills, enabling many to find employment. Despite this, it is still difficult for middle-aged women to find work, so Islamic Relief opened a clothes factory employing 7 women over the age of 40. In just a few months, the factory was supplying uniforms and bed sheets for local schools, and plans are in place to open a shop, whose profits will help fund other Islamic Relief projects in Kosova – benefiting even more orphans and families in need. For Bahtije Xhemajli, 42, working in the factory means a better life not just for her, but for her entire family: her husband, who is unable to work due to disability, and her 5 children, whose schooling she could not afford without her new job. “You can’t imagine what this means for me and my family,” she says. “I feel like my life started since I met Islamic Relief.”

“ You can’t imagine what this means for me and my family. I feel like my life started since I met Islamic Relief. ”

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