Haris Ibraimi is a lawyer in Mavrovo Municipality, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
It is a mountainous region – which, like many other parts of the country, witnessed a deterioration of its roads as a result of insufficient maintenance during the years.
“Previously, I was driving on a ruined road, full of holes, and dangerous for traffic and driving. It took a long time to go a short distance,” says 33 year old Haris.
The new road leading in and out of Haris’s village is part of a World Bank supported project to upgrade FYR Macedonia’s regional and local roads.
So far, almost 700 kilometers of the country’s regional and local roads have been renewed through the project, in 73 different municipalities across the small, southeastern European nation.