A loan of $2,500 helped to purchase coal to heat vegetable greenhouses.

Alexander's story

Alexander, his wife and their two children live in the village of Vodyanoye. He grows tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes. Alexander has five large greenhouses and two separate ones for seedlings. All the greenhouses are heated. Alexander has been growing vegetables for ten years and has approximately 200,000 Ukrainian hryvnias (UAH) invested in the business. He spends about 84,000 UAH annually on seeds and polyethylene sheeting to insulate the greenhouses. Alexander needs another 20,000 UAH to purchase coal to keep the greenhouses heated. He has set up a heating system in each greenhouse, but it requires a lot of coal, which is getting more and more expensive each year in Ukraine. Alexander believes there is a good future for his business in this region of the country. Near his home there are two plots of land for sale. Alexander hopes to purchase the land for his business and to continue expanding.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Susie Armitage

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