'I felt that I could be an entrepreneur, all I did was with my soul - pure and honest, and that is a guarantee for success. You just need a little bit of courage and perseverance. '
Happy is a person who does what they like, Dika Memić, a MI-BOSPO client from Ilidža, as she says, is a happy woman doing what she loves and for what she has been educated. Dika finished a textile school she chose looking at her father who had a sewing machine, and thus determined her life path. Later on in Visoko she finished the sewing course.
After the end of the war, Dika moved to Sarajevo where she worked for the textile house for the next eleven years.
"At that time I was alone with the children and it was very important for me to have a regular income, and that was the reason I did not want to try to work for myself, which has always been my dream," Dika tells us.
And then one day, as Dika says, "when the time was right" I found a small business space, rent it and when I got in, I felt like I had the real wealth. Since that day, I've never been without business, even though I have entered building my own business with just ten konvertible marks. "
In the first days Dika was sewing for ten hours a day, completing the papers required for registration of her small business, and no matter how tired, she did not give up.
The first loan she used from MI-BOSPO she invested in purcase of a sewing machine since she had only one. Each subsequent loan was used for a justified investment and she never had the fear of returning it.
'I was a single mother, I did a lot of work, but it never happened that I left the children neglected. We were tenants at that time, I paid rent duly, kids always had everything they needed, and I always tried to protect them from all the bad things. "
Today, Dika says that she is the most proud of her children, daughter and son, and the family is the most important support she can have, and Dika has it from her children and husband.
Years later, Dika is very well known in Ilidža. She changed her business space, moved to a bigger one, more modern one in the very center, but she is still working hard.
''My working hours are from nine to five, but it's not a problem for me to stay longer or come early. I do not work Sunday, but I'm looking forward to Monday'', Dika laughs.
Dika says she has understanding and tolerance for everything except hearing married couples with two or three children talking about having no job, and how they have no money to feed the family. "How do they mean there are no jobs? Who wants to work, finds a way. Sometimes I happened to work all night until morning sewing, I do not see why other people can not?!''
Dika also points out that it is important to be responsible towards credit obligations, 'I never took a loan to spend on having a good time, going to the sea ... I always used loans for useful things, and it most paid off when I invested it in business.'
Dika has something to say to young people to be courageous, daring, to work honestly and that way they will succeed in their intent.