Ildika is an entrepreneur who makes a living selling socks, lingerie, tops, shirts and other items at the Albion Market in her home town of Uzhgorod. She has been in business for 15 years, and has many loyal customers who come to buy from her because they trust the quality of her merchandise and enjoy her friendly and respectful service. She earns about 5,000 Grivnas in profit each month.
Ildika has used micro-loans in the past and found them to be a very useful way to expand her business. She is applying for a loan for 20,000 Grivnas to increase the size and scope of the items she has to sell. She would like to buy clothing for the fall season so that she can increase her sales and make additional income.
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.