Irina is married with two children and sells ceramic dishes. She lives in Morshin, Western Ukraine -- a popular tourist destination. Many tourists who come to Western Ukraine purchase ethnic souvenirs and decorative dishware which is why Irina’s business is flourishing. She owns two small vending locations: one in her home town of Morshin, another one in the neighboring town of Stryi. Irina offers a nice variety of items for sale at reasonable prices. She has been in the trade for four years.
Irina is requesting a loan of 9,000 Grivnyas to increase her turnover capital for the summer vacation season when the usual flood of tourists is expected in Western Ukraine. She wants to stock her inventory with competitively priced, quality souvenirs and promotional ceramic items and is hoping to generate a good income and further expand her business.
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.