Yelena is married with two grown children. She sells bed linens and sheets as well as blankets in the central marketplace of her hometown of Novomoskovsk. Yelena owns a big vending facility in this market, which is located in a busy spot where hundreds of potential customers pass by every day. She has been in this business for three years. Her monthly gross income is 35,000 UAH; the profit amounts to 6,000 UAH per month.
Yelena is requesting a loan of 20,000 Grivnyas to increase the assorted merchandise she offers for sale. She believes financial assistance will help her grow her business and generate additional income as a result. Yelena's grandson has leukemia and needs expensive medication. Yelena invests a portion of her profit in the medical treatment of her little grandson. She is a great optimist and tries to look on the bright side of life.
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.