Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sa - Punë handmade Coconut and olive oil soaps from the Roma/Ashkali in Fushë Kosovë, Kosovo

If you are looking for a nice gift, consider helping out the impoverished Roma/Ashkali community in Kosovo by buying some beautiful, low priced and hiqh quality handmade soap from them.
"Sa - Punë" is a micro finance project from the ideas partnership (,
an initiative from the author and activist Elizabeth Gowing ( and others working with her. 
The name "Sa - Punë" is based on the term "sa punë" (albanian for how much work), and is a play on words from the albanian (and italian) term "sapone" for soap.

They are helping the Roma/Ashkali community in Fushë Kosovë who lives in bitter poverty.
Proceeds from the sale of the soap directly helps these people.
The latest product is a handmade coconut and olive oil soap. It is made from Olive Oil, Coconut Oil & Essential Oils, and made with no animal products or testing.

The price for a package of soap is only 2€, ( and in quantities of more than 50+ soaps only 1.5€).

Article about the project :,1034,579

Phone: (+377) 44 686 108
Images sent to me from Sa - Punë, and made by Antje Schley.

Friday, November 18, 2011

opening of the Mittelstandsbüros Balkan in Prizren

The Association of Craftsman and Business of Prizren. (Shoqata e Zejtareve dhe Afaristeve te Prizrenit) opened a new office which is also the first office of Small and Medium Business Office Balkan (Mittelstandsbüros Balkan) in Kosovo.

In cooperation with the Regional Project of the Koblenz Chamber of Crafts (Regionalprojekt der Handwerkskammer Koblenz) and sponsored by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (deutsche Bundesministeriium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung)

The office is located in the center of town and developed in this way to a meeting point for all people.

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The event named - "Handicrafts entrepreneurship - Principles and Opportunities" (” Handwerkliche Selbstverwaltung – Grundsätze und Möglichkeiten”) was also the first big event of the medium-sized offices Balkans dedicated in Prizren, an international seminar, attended by representatives of the craft from 5 countries of the Balkans - Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina involved, as well as some 40 artisans from Kosovo.

official guests :

  • head of the German Liaison Office in Kosovo - Mr. Karl Wokalek
  • deputy head of the German contingent in Kosovo Colonel Hans Werner Patzki
  • vice minister of economy in Kosovo Kadri Kryeziu

The seminar was led by German speakers from the HwK Koblenz. the Craftsman's Association of Koblenz. The local radio and television BESA covered the event.


Address :
Sheshi i Shadervanit, Rr.Qendra Zejtare p.n. 20000 Prizren, Republika e Kosoves
Tel/Fax: +381 29 222 323 | E-mail: &

see also : and Craftsmen Association ESNAF visited KCC (Kosovo Chamber of Commerce. Oda Ekonomike e Kosoves)