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Support to the work of 12 entrepreneurs from BiH through 'BizUP' program
Text: Hasan Selhanović, FENA Photo/Almir Razić
SARAJEVO, June 22 (FENA) - British Ambassador to BiH Matthew Field, representative of the Swedish Embassy in BiH Lisa Curman and UN Women Representative in BiH David Saunders today organized a meeting with 12 women entrepreneurs from various parts of BiH (Sarajevo, Široki Brijeg, Tešanj, Srebrenica, Bosanski Petrovac, Zenica, Jajce and Banja Luka) at the residence of the British Embassy in Sarajevo, in order to once again highlight their efforts and contribution, and support their work.
The entrepreneurs were included in the "BizUP" program, which provided them with comprehensive support, and which was implemented by the non-governmental and non-profit organization Foundation 787 in cooperation with the British Embassy in BiH, the Swedish Embassy in BiH and UN Women in BiH.
“I have the honor to host bright examples of women's entrepreneurship from all over BiH. After the severe consequences of the pandemic, we were able to help great entrepreneurs overcome the crisis and find new ways to market their products. The United Kingdom will continue to support efforts to increase the representation of women in politics, business, security, all spheres of life, because it is for the benefit of the whole of BiH and all of us,” said Ambassador Field.
David Saunders said that the Covid-19 pandemic hit the economy the hardest, but that it is little known that women are most affected within it, especially through the service industry, tourism and small businesses where their participation is very high.
“We would like to point out that we are proud to have seen how these brave women entrepreneurs have managed to recover, continue to grow and even strengthen their resistance to such shocks. They can serve as an example to others. We are amazed how in two months all these companies managed to increase their profits, to improve their presence on social media,” Saunders said.
The Executive Director of the 787 Foundation, Dajana Džindo, stated that this gathering marked the end of the implementation of the "BizUP" program, which was realized by this foundation with the support of the Embassies of the Great Britain and Sweden, UN Women in BiH.
These 12 entrepreneurs from eight BiH cities cover various areas of business, employ more than 60 people, have more than 200 products and over 50 services in their offer and are an important part of the BiH economy.