Youth Employment in Handicraft Sector

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Youth Employment in Handicraft Sector: Training and employingyouth and women from Shkodra city and rural area, to produce traditional and new design handicraft product

Shkoder, AlbaniaShkoder
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The purpose of this project is focused on training and employing unemployed youth and women from Shkodra region. They will produce traditional products combined with new and modern design with export prospect. This project enables the development of this traditional activity, which through vocational training courses will increase the number of employees,hence the production capacity and that in perspective gives way to export.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problem to be solved is the large number of unemployed and poverty for youth and women without a job and without a profession living in Shkoder and its rural areas. This target group is more appropriate to get involved in this project, not only because they rally need a job for their live hood but also because these products require creativity. This project will train youth and women in order to create possibilities of employment and self-employment for them. This is a possibility to create revenues for themselves and their families. This project will also help to keep cultural heritage.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The proposed solution is to train unemployed youth and women of Shkoder city and rural area in the sector of handicraft. They will be trained in 6 different craft. Through training courses this target group will get to improve this profession that they already have by family tradition. In this way they have the chance to self-employment, to produce a high level quality product, to produce revenues for themselves and their families and to keep alive also the cultural heritage.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

These products are part of the old culture of the city of Shkoder and reflect quality, visual aesthetics, local motives, and application technique, indicators which have been constantly improved and adapted over time. In some crafts you can see working in three generations, which helps acquiring new techniques of contemporary crafts, giving us the opportunity to produce competitive products and models. This training courses were held on Kukes city for a shorter period by our agency and the feedback was positive. More than 50% of the trainees were hired and are now working on this field, creating revenues for themselves and their families.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

- After this project will be completed this model will be multiplied in other big cities of Albania. We have a lot of requests from the local government and the artisans there. -The Agency has already proposed a draft law for social entrepreneurship that aims to get fiscal incentives and is lobbing to the national government for it to be approved. This law will bring a huge change of the situation because there are 2177 artisans in Albania and just 20% of them are registered. This law will give also the possibility to the other to register and to be active in the market.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The problem of unemployment and poverty is a phenomenon that is present more in the target group of youth and women. Every year the Albanian government spends like 4.2-4.3 milliard ALL to support around 100 thousand poor families. This is a passive support scheme so it doesn't give a solution to this problem. The solution we propose is differ from these approaches used in years because we propose first to give a profession to this target group so in this way we prepare them to have equal access in the labor market. After the training courses they will produce high quality handicraft products , where the traditional and the modern design will combine.These products will be for the intern and external market. In this way this target group will have the possibility to self-employment, create revenues for themselves, their families and create an economic and social stability.


-The agency team is specialized in training and preparing the artisans to organize , create social enterprise , be self sustainable. The agency team will train all the artisans how to be a successful social enterprise and ready to compete in the market with a high product quality. -Gjirokastra Foundation will help and approach the cultural and heritage traditional design and models of handicraft sector with their professional textile design staff.