Vasilina is divorced with three children. She sells souvenirs and articles made of wood, skin and fur. Most of these articles are made by Ukrainian craftsmen. Vasilina has two business locations: one at a local market and the other in a small store where she rents space. She started her business six years ago. It is a unique business that even today has very little competition. This business is the only source of income for Vasilina and her three children. Vasilina would like to borrow 13,600 hryvnia to increase her assortment. She hopes to develop her business further and ultimately to help her children receive a college education.
About HOPE Ukraine
HOPE International, a Christian faith-based non-profit organization, has been operating in Ukraine since 1997. HOPE Ukraine was the organization’s first international venture. In addition to its core microfinance activities, HOPE also supports an active children's ministry in Ukraine in the form of “Tomorrow Clubs,” after-school programs that teach children the gospel through games, skits and songs.