Sergei is single and supports himself and his younger brother working as a taxi driver. He owns a car and provides transportation services throughout Ukraine. Sergei is physically challenged - he has cerebral palsy. The taxi business is his only income source, and he puts much hope in its further growth. Sergei works very hard, sometimes without days off or vacation, in order to earn enough income. He uses a walkie-talkie to help him facilitate his work and pick-up passengers a lot faster.
Sergei has been in this business for 8 years. His determination to succeed has helped him keep his business stable and sustainable and has promoted its expansion. Sergei has paid back all the loans that he ever borrowed from “Nadiya Ukraine.” Currently, his daily income is about US$30-40, and he would like to take out a short-term seasonal loan to be repaid within two months. With the help of the money, Sergei would be able to do some repair work on his vehicle and, in the future, remodeling of his apartment. Sergei's modesty, diligence and responsibility so far have helped him develop his venture and gain a good reputation among other taxi drivers, and it will also help him promptly repay the current loan.
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.