Economic opportunities for women in rural communities are difficult to come by. Where we serve in Albania, limited education and resources, not to mention the expense and difficulty of commuting and responsibilities for family care all represent barriers for women to contribute financially to their families.
Our attempt has been to develop skills (or take advantage of existing skills) to empower women create commodities which can be sold and thereby help their families economically.
We bring in much of the goods used in the products they create (yarns, jewelry components, paper goods, etc.) and the price of the inputs is deducted from their profits.
Proceeds from past sales have enable women to purchase necessities like heating oil and medicines as well as ‘luxuries’ such as a first indoor kitchen sink. Thank you for your interest in making a difference in the lives of this little corner of Albania.