Support for women suffering from muscular dystrophy and paraplegia to become self-employed

PERIOD December 20, 2010 – March 15, 2011
participants Lead applicant:
Center for Research and Studies
DONor flagGovernment of Canada – Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives

General objective

Support women suffering from muscular dystrophy and paraplegia to become self-employed through training in the creation of handicrafts and traditional clothes and products.

Specific objectives

  • provide project participants with basic work tools, such as sewing machines, weaving looms and materials
  • train the participants in basic and advanced sewing and weaving techniques
  • connect the participants with potential buyers of the handicraft products and CSOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina concerned with cultural preservation, and provide them with networking opportunities

Target group

  • women from Banja Luka and the surrounding area suffering from muscular dystrophy or paraplegia who are capable of working

Realized results

  • Ten women successfully passed the weaving and sewing training, organized in cooperation with the Duga Humanitarian Association of Women from Banja Luka. The trainees were members of the Association of Persons Suffering from Muscular Dystrophy from Banja Luka and the Republic of Srpska Union of Paraplegics.
  • The trainees became permanent owners of four sewing machines and six weaving looms and accompanying materials.
  • The Duga association signed an agreement on the post-project purchase and distribution of handicrafts made by training participants.
  • A public presentation was delivered featuring project results and the handicrafts made during the project.
  • Nearly 100 project brochures were disseminated to B&H CSOs and institutions.