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Visit to HDI Company and Lukomir

Organizer Partner Microcredit Foundation http://www.partner.ba/default.aspx
Number of participants 50 participants
Language English
Date and Time Tuesday, 23 May, 9:00 - 17:00
Registration deadline 30 April
Participation fee 30 EUR
Registration ON-LINE FORM
Contact for registration mfc@guarant.cz
Visit to HDI Company - a domestic manufacturer of solar collectors

Partner MCF implemented the project "Solar energy as the Future of Sustainable Development" supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The project aimed to increase the use of solar collectors and other alternative energy sources in B&H. Thanks to the project, 20 domestic companies are engaged in production and installation of solar systems. Partner created a value chain integrating domestic producers of solar collectors, financial support for prospect users through competitive individual loans provided by Partner MCF and end-users who buy domestic solar collectors through Partner loans.

The company HDI Ltd. at its plants in Semizovac near Sarajevo is one of the domestics companies engaged in production of solar collectors. The aim of the visit to HDI Company is to see how small company can with financial support and training easily apply handmade production of solar collectors which represents at the same time raising awareness of the general public.

 
 
Visit to Lukomir - the most isolated village in Bosnia and Herzegoviina

Lukomir – the last true Bosnian village – is about 50 kilometers from Sarajevo. The village is situated in an area of Bjelasnica Mountain, which forms one of the ridges of the fascinating Rakitnica River Canyon. Villages Umoljani and Lukomir at Bjelasnica mountain is something one simply must see experience for any true nature lover. Visitors have the opportunity to come at Lukomir by minibuses, or to hike for app. 3 hours from Umoljani village to Lukomir. This remote village has an interesting historical background. Far in the mountains in the most isolated settlement in the country, one can witness the traditional lifestyles of the Dinaric highlanders still in practice, a testament to old times. Village that lives the same life for more than 600 years, traditional dress is still worn, and goes hand in hand with the more familiar signs of everyday life, such as electricity and running water.

Amazing scenery of Bjelasnica mountain, one of a kind history and culture of local communities, and bit of mythology and much more at one unique place are altogether welcoming you. At 1,469 meters above sea level, Lukomir enjoys the status of the highest inhabited settlement in BiH. The medieval tombstones (stećci) which are found on the outskirts of the village prove that there was a settlement in Lukomir a few centuries ago and confirm the claim that the village’s current inhabitants are descendants of pastoral nomads from Herzegovina.

Visitors are in for a treat with Lukomir’s fascinating nature, unique architecture and the tasty food that is prepared according to the villagers’ traditional recipes. Given the harsh mountain conditions, the village is only inhabited from April to October.

It takes a two-hour drive from Sarajevo to get to Lukomir village. The traditional lifestyles of the Dinaric highlanders are still practiced here, providing a unique window into Europe’s past. Visitors also have an opportunity to see and purchase local handcrafts.

 

For interested participants it is possible to organize a hiking tour. Instead going to Lukomir by bus, some of the visitors may take a three-hour-hiking tour from Umoljani (the place where lunch will be organized) to Lukomir. They would eventually meet with the rest of the group in Lukomir, and return to their hotel by bus. The price remains the same. More info for those interested in hiking:

  • Category: Easy
  • Activity: 3 hours walking
  • Return: from Lukomir by bus, with the rest of the group, departure to hotel
  • To Bring: Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are recommended, a day pack, 1 liter of water, rain gear, sun hat and camera

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