When I received an internship offer from REDI to work in Horizonti for 6 months, I accepted without hesitation. At that time I was a student, studying Business Administration. Previously, I worked in Union Financial Skopje, in Komercijalna Banka and in the Center for Economic Analysis. I always wanted to gain practical experience to enable me to enter to the labor market and prove my skills.
The internship in Horizonti allowed me to gain critical skills which better positioned me on the job market and enabled me to receive two job offers in less than 6 months after finalizing the internship.
For example, I have learned how to assess the credit worthiness of a person or business when I have sufficient data (such as the credit history, revenues and expenses), but probably more importantly I have learnt how to gather this information in an informal discussion with an entrepreneur. I have learnt to recognize entrepreneurial spirit in people, marketing techniques, financial analysis, work on the field, and most importantly, the way Roma entrepreneurs operate in Macedonia.
I am proud to have supported more than a hundred Roma entrepreneurs from Skopje and Suto Orizari in 2017 and 2018 and I would like to thank REDI and REF for the opportunity!