Edona Bilali, Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship, attended the ceremony and addressed the women participating in the program. She congratulated them for being managers at home and managers of their own businesses. She informed the participants that the new law on start-ups provides for specific gender quotas. “We have also established financial support for start-ups ranging from 15 to 50 thousand euros,” she noted.
The Mayor of Kamza, Rakip Suli, also present at the event, emphasized that women in Kamza enjoy fiscal relief and are exempted from taxes during the first year of their business.
Women’s Small Businesses initiative is part of the of the “Gender-sensitive post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction” Project funded by the Government of Sweden through the Albania SDG Acceleration Fund. It focuses on supporting and empowering women in eleven affected municipalities, in both rural and urban areas.
“It is inspiring to see how you have been able to combine your dream with a vision for your businesses. Cultivating this dream is at the heart of what we do at UN Women. We are happy that we were able to help you with new knowledge and skills,” said Michele Ribotta, UN Women Representative in Albania, who also addressed the participants and praised them for their remarkable display of passion, self-confidence, and resilience.
UN Women will continue to work with these women while they develop and implement their business plans and will look into opportunities of further support by private companies.