Natalya is a widow with a teenage son. Natalya lives in Novomoskovsk. She is a market vendor selling boots, galoshes, rubber boots and valenki (felt boots). Natalya owns a kiosk in the central marketplace of her home town. She has been in this business for 10 years. Her investment in inventory amounts to 56,000 Grivnyas. Net profit is about 7,000 Grivnyas a month.
Natalya is seeking a loan of 11,700 Grivnyas to purchase winter merchandise. She is hoping to attract new customers with additional merchandise. Eventually she hopes to save enough to help her son through college. Her son lives with her at the moment. Natalya is the only breadwinner in her family.
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.