Qendrim is now successfully self-employed after returning to Kosovo. DIMAK helped him to turn his vocational dream into reality.
My name is Qendrim and I'm 30 years old. I’m a carpenter and live with my wife and my son in a village in northern Kosovo. I’m the family’s sole wage earner. A low income and the lack of health insurance in Kosovo were reasons that I left for Austria in 2015. I thought that I’d quickly find work there and earn good money. The reality was sadly very different.
The authorities in Austria housed me in accommodation near to the city of Linz. I was surprised that I had to stay in a refugee camp and wasn’t officially permitted to work. But I wanted to earn an income, so I came back to Kosovo 8 months later. That decision proved to be a turning point in my life.