Jasmina and Milica live with their families in Arilje, the “raspberry capital” of Serbia. Many people here earn their living from growing fruit. These two women also began by planting raspberries.
After a good start, setbacks due to droughts threatened their yields. But instead of giving up, they both asked for help from the German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) and its partner organisation HELP. This meant they could make their businesses more profitable. Now they’re looking to the future with confidence.
The next step is a cooperative
The two women asked DIMAK for assistance in April 2021. The centre’s help for Jasmina and Milica included training courses on starting a business and some personal advice. They both produced business plans for their fruit farms. HELP also gave them some agricultural equipment, such as a sprayer and a cultivator.