Yelena is married with a son. She worked at a factory but was later downsized and forced to find new ways of providing for her family. Presently, Yelena is a small-scale entrepreneur from Pershotravensk. Yelena sells lingerie in a local market called Yuzhnyi. She owns a nice enclosed vending facility in a busy part of the market. Yelena has been in this business for six years. Her monthly income is over 14,000 Grivnyas.
Yelena is requesting a loan of 10,000 Grivnyas to diversify her assortment and purchase a variety of swimsuits for the upcoming vacation season in Ukraine. A nice selection of swimsuits at affordable prices and of good quality will boost her sales, bringing stable income to the family. Yelena is planning to add a display stand for this new type of merchandise. One of her future plans is to open a second vending location.
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.