Dževahira Mehinović, boutique – SARM, Tesanj
Dzevahira has been in the trade business for 11 years now. She started working in a privately owned facility, and after the trade center was built two years ago, she moved into a new location where the turnover is better, as she says. She is trading commodities of recognized brands (Lisca, Rasica, Labod,...), and her business has helped her educate her two children and employ two additional workers.
Branka Škondrić, private trade shop, Banjaluka
Branka has been in the mixed commodities trading business for three years now, using a leased space in Banjaluka. Initially, as she says, her father helped her a lot, and recently they have expanded the business to include a new site too, so they are very satisfied. Branka says that by daily work and effort one can have a solid sustenance from this kind of business and thus contribute to the household budget.
Šejla Huskić, motorcycle service shop, Bihac
Sejla and her husband Husein have been in an interesting family business – servicing of motorcycles. Otherwise, from his very young age, Husein transferred his love for motocycles onto all the members of his family, so that nowadays all of the family can ride motorcycles, even the 11-year old son and the 9-year old daughter. Sejla and Husein have been doing a good quality job, so that they have attracted a large number of customers, even from the neighboring Republic of Croatia, and they still have an intention to further expand their business.
Divljan, bakery shop 'Zlatno Zrno', Lukavica
Vera has used her rich homemaking experience in making breads and pastries, so three months ago she opened a bakery shop. Before the war, Vera used to work at the State Accounting Control Bureau, which was dissolved following privatization in BH, so that she remained jobless and turned to her own business, with a big self-confidence and the need to raise and bring up her three children in an appropriate way, together with her husband. Vera produces all kinds of salty and sweet breads and pastries, and what she is proud of the most is her «holy bread» that she has prepared for the upcoming Christmas holidays.
Nagorka Govedarica, kindergarten, Lukavica
Nagorka is a self-supporting mother, a children's pedagogue by profession. Before the war in BH, Nagorka had worked for 15 years as a nanny in a state-owned kindergarten. After the war ended, Nagorka decided to start up her own kindergarten, and opened it on the ground floor of her family residence. Today Nagorka takes care about 30 children, to whom she provides the basic pedagogic education, and she says that she has managed to provide in her offer food and a playing ground for «her» kids, and that through her effort and work she has gained big trust among the parents in the local community.