Makfire and her family in the serenity of the village Gaçke, embarked on a remarkable journey that combined their love for agriculture, commitment to sustainability, and the support of CARE’s financial support aimed at empowering women in farming.
Makfire’s journey began when she received the grant dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture. With this grant, she and her family set out to transform their small plot of land into a flourishing resource that would supply the local community with fresh vegetables.
With the financial assistance from CARE, Makfire gained a greenhouse and irrigation system, and invested in soil enhancements which transformed her land into a fertile one. The family worked tirelessly, planting a wide variety of vegetables, which provided a sense of financial stability that would safeguard the family’s future.
Makfire’s journey from receiving the grant to becoming a respected figure in her community was a testament to her hard work, dedication, and the transformative power of training programs.
Makfire quotes: “Being a woman here in Kosovo is a bit difficult, of course in other countries too, but when you have the courage, desire and will, everything is possible! I have achieved this and I will never stop. This support has been like a miracle to me, the fact that I have won this project worth 10,000 EUR from CARE. I also received the tools, the greenhouse, a small tractor with all the tools, and the solar systems, because the electricity here is weak and when the electricity stops, the water stops too, so you can’t irrigate. The support helped me enormously because I used to do all the work manually, now I do it with the equipment I’ve received.”
Makfire was supported by the IWKA project with an in-kind grant of 10,000 EUR. She now cultivates vegetables in her village Gaçke, Ferizaj/Uroševac Municipality.
The project “Inclusion of Women in Kosovo Agribusiness – IWKA” is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Economic Development (BMZ) through Engagement Global gGmbH, and implemented by CARE International and local partner organizations: Kosovo-Women 4 Women (K-W4W) and the Civil Right Program Kosovo (CRP/K).