It is no surprise that Crescendo’s inventory was launched with products made by women in Kosovo. This was the country where Crescendo’s Founder & CEO, Amy Chase, had started her field work in international development while in grad school in 2010. Since then, she’s continued to stay involved with programs focused on women, youth, and education in Kosovo.
The Ideas Partnership and SA PUNË
“Helping others. Helping others help themselves. Helping others help others.”
The Ideas Partnership was founded by Elizabeth Gowing in 2009. The NGO’s goal is to improve the lives of minority and vulnerable groups in Kosovo by providing educational and job-training programs in under-served communities.
We have partnered with The Ideas Partnership’s social entrepreneurship subsidiary, Sa Punë, a program funded through micro-financing to support mothers in marginalized communities by giving them jobs to produce handmade goods. Participation in the program is contingent upon their children’s school enrollment. This encourages parents to keep their children in school while also earning income.
Centre for Promotion of Women’s Rights / Qendra për Promovimin e Drejtave te Grave
The Centre was founded in 2013 with a mission “to improve the human rights of women in all walks of life, advocating for the realization of human rights of women who have experienced trauma during the war, protection of these rights by fostering high service, offering direct aid, rehabilitation, welfare, economic activities, non-profit, security, as well as lobbying for gender equality and empowerment of women in decision-making as part of the development of democracy in the country.”
Crescendo was introduced to this initiative through The Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims for which we are very grateful.
Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims (KRCT) / Qendra Kosovare për Rehabilitimin e të Mbijetuarve të Torturës (QKRMT)
KRCT was founded by Dr. Feride Rushiti in 1999 with the mission “to provide treatment and rehabilitation for Kosovar torture victims. KRCT continuously works to expand its staff’s and the public sector’s capacity to provide services on trauma and torture related issues.”