FAMILY MARKOVIC

Jelena Markovic left Vitina/Viti during 1999, together with her parents. They came to live in Vranje where she met her husband Nenad who was also an internally displaced person. In Vranje, the family got enlarged with two members - sons Nikola and Danijel. This four-member family lived in a rented flat, receiving social benefits and using Nenad's seasonal earnings.

The family returned to Kosovo in 2012 and used their own funds to build a house on the property of Nenad's mother in the village Gornje Kusce/Kufce Eperme near Gnjilane/Gjilan. After the return, the family got enlarged with one more member - daughter Nikolina. Although the family did not finish all the construction works on the house, they already have minimal living conditions. Thanks to the European Union funds, DRC assisted this family with furniture, home appliances, food and non-food items and income generating grant.

Jelena got an embroidery machine and a sewing machine, and two months ago she started using these machines to make some earnings. For the time being, she has no business premises, but she performs sewing and embroidering services at home and hopes to develop her job well enough to have her own workshop soon.