USAID WHAM provides grants and technical support to export-oriented small and medium-sized enterprises in BiH from the wood processing, metal processing, textile and information and communications sectors. WHAM is funded by USAID, and implemented by IESC, in collaboration with ENOVA.
The USAID WHAM project began in June, 2017 and will end in June, 2022.
In the first three-year phase, the Activity has had a $1.65 million (USD) fund, which, among other things, aims to support 165 companies, recruit 1545 people, fund training for 585 people and achieve 43 certifications. In the second two-year phase, from June 2020 to June 2022, a $1 million (USD) fund is planned to support 110 new companies, create 840 new jobs, and train 1,400 people.
Results to date according to last quarter's report
Employees are women
Companies that have received our support
Map with location of grantees
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Stories of our support
Association of Employers of FBIH
Success story of people that were trained and employed.
Aida Musa, new employee Saraj-Komerc, Gornji Vakuf
I am grateful for the opportunity to educate myself and finally employ at age 49. It is very difficult in mine find any job for years, and even harder to find worthy work. Thanks to support training USAID WHAM project, I finally have a job, salary and financial security that made it easy and improved the quality of both my and my family's life. It's strong a nice feeling of being useful to the company and society. Happy alone and with working conditions and working environment in Saraj-Komerc.
Amil Domjanovic, mechanical engineer at the factory STEP, Sarajevo
Our company is assisted by the USAID project WHAM realized design of tool design for injection, modular tooling, advanced ISO 9001 quality management standards i environmental standard ISO EN 14001, and trained employees in project related areas solutions. The USAID WHAM project team, in constant Contacting us has allowed us to quite easily we overcome all obstacles to realization. Increase export by 15% would not be possible without this kind USAID WHAM project support.