Ambassador Margaret A. Uyehara and Public Affairs Officer Mark Weinberg visited women from the NGO Kranjanija in Ostros. The visit was part of the Embassy’s outreach activities to commemorate March as Women’s History Month. The Ambassador expressed her support for the work they do and encouraged them to persevere despite the challenges.
NGO Kranjanija was founded thanks to an Embassy funded project in 2013, and further developed during another project in 2015 by the Business Startup Center in Bar. The initial goal was to bring women from Ostros together and empower them to make a profit by producing and selling handicrafts. For many of them this was a different career path from what they had initially chosen. We are grateful to the Business Startup Center, the Municipality of Bar and the Local Community of Ostros for helping the women from NGO Kranjanija over the years and we hope that our partnership will grow even stronger. Although there is more work to be done, and they surely need more resources, the women from NGO Kranjanija are an inspiration and show others what is possible. It was a pleasure to visit this beautiful, yet secluded community on the coast of Montenegro.