Irina is married and has grown children. She is a small market entrepreneur from Novaya Kahovka. Irina sells sport shoes and sport clothing in one of the local markets. Irina rents a small facility that serves as a vending outlet.
She says that she started this business because it was the only way to survive when her family was going through some challenging financial times. Irina has been in this business for 9 years. Irina enjoys her business, has a long-term view of her venture development and is disciplined with all her business plans.
Irina has used micro-loans in the past and found them very helpful for her business. This time Irina is requesting a 20,000 Grivnyas loan to purchase 200 pairs of sport shoes and 50 items of various sport clothing.
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.