Yet More Food – Lucky Us!

Social Business in Pristina

We already traveled to Serbia and Montenegro for the GIZ program “Social Rights for Vulnerable Groups”. Now we’re headed for the Western Balkans once more: to Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania.

Our journey begins in the Kosovar capital of Pristina. On our very first day, we get introduced to a fantastic project: the catering service “eShpis”. Traditional Kosovar dishes are prepared according to the standards of haute cuisine. For companies, organizations, and people from the neighborhood.

Eight women work in the large-scale kitchen with an adjunct café. All of them are single and from difficult social circumstances. At “eShpis” they found a job – a quest that would have been considerable more difficult on the regular labor market. “eShpis” is a social business. These kinds of businesses are dedicated to addressing problems within society – in this case, the project is aimed at fostering disadvantaged women’s economic independence.

We are greeted very cordially and shown around the kitchen. A realm of chopping, stirring, and sizzling. The food smells delicious! This makes it considerable more difficult to focus on our work.

Luckily, someone notices our craving. Within seconds, it seems, a variety of delicious things are arranged on one of the tables.

And we are allowed to try everything. After all, it is for a good cause 😉

Honestly, we cannot think of a better way to start our journey.