Irina is an entrepreneur from Kamenka. She rents a vending stall in one of the market stores to sell groceries. However, the store could be closed any day leaving Irina out in the street. She is seeking a loan of 20,000 Grivnyas to buy a vending kiosk in the local market. She has been in the business for 11 years and has about 100,000 Grivnyas in inventory. Her profit amounts to 7,000 to 8,000 Grivnyas a month. Irina is hoping to expand her trade and later re-construct this vending kiosk into a small grocery store. She has promptly repaid 9 previous loans without any delinquencies.
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.