Drazenka Trklja owns Pera-Zdera, a small bakery in Bileca, Bosnia Herzegovina. Everyday people stop in for hamburgers, snacks, and soda but the shop specializes in Burek – a traditional meat pie sold in small businesses just like this one around the country.
“We opened this shop three years ago and we have been successful in what we do,” says Draženka , “We have four women working here -two working in sales and two in production. Because we don’t sell readymade meals, we need to produce everything fresh here.”
One of these employees is Milena Kikic, who joined the team after several years of unemployment.
“My favorite part of the job is slicing the Burek,” notes Kikic, who helps both prepare the fresh foods on offer at the bakery as well as works in the front helping customers, serving food, and cleaning up.