Irina is married, has one child and makes a living selling women's clothing from a kiosk in a local market. Her location is a good one, because it allows her to reach out to people who come to the market for necessities such as food. She started her business six years ago and tapped into expertise acquired by her mother, who had a lot of sales experience.
Irina would like to borrow 17,500 Ukrainian Grivnas to increase the range of items she has for sale. She would also like to open a second store where she could sell seeds and fertilizers, which will be in high demand during the upcoming spring planting season.
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.