Category: Observations

Public transport in Tirana, amid countless problems, and the effort to solve them through the import of used hybrid buses

Public transport in Tirana, amid countless problems, and the effort to solve them through the import of used hybrid buses

In these November days with unusual temperatures and overcrowding in a city like Tirana, which is reaching nearly 1 million inhabitants, urban movement has become a challenge. The use of public, urban transport is a necessary choice every day for an average of 200,000 citizens. This challenge has been further aggravated recently, not only by […]

The chrome industry exploits dozens of women in Bulqiza

The chrome industry exploits dozens of women in Bulqiza

Lindita Rama leaves every morning towards the chrome stacks in Bulqiza with a pickaxe in her hand and her disabled husband by her side. The 53-year-old woman says that she has been working for 13 years in search of ‘black gold’ – a dangerous and often unregistered job, but that provides her family with a […]

Same merchandise, different prices, different labels

Same merchandise, different prices, different labels

Aishe, 60 years old, is a resident of the city of Elbasan, and she regularly buys chicken wings (or chicken thighs) at the shop near the house. She thinks that these chickens were raised in Albania and are of high quality. The seller (store owner) tells her that they are local products despite the fact […]