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April 7, 2020

In 2015, Oksana was inspired to transform her company into a social enterprise. While her children’s toy production business had already incorporated some corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles into its work culture, she wanted to significantly expand its mission. As part of USAID’s Community Connections exchange program, Shevchenko went to Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn about American best practices surrounding social entrepreneurship development. It was only after her visit to the United States that Shevchenko felt empowered to apply the experiences and examples of U.S. social enterprises to her own business in Belarus.

January 16, 2020

As an infant, doctors diagnosed Pavel with cerebral palsy, which made it impossible for him to attend kindergarten. Instead, Pavel, who was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1988, stayed at home where his mother and grandmother took care of him while his father worked as a metal worker to support the family. Like other children with disabilities, he completed a boarding school for children with special needs.

December 20, 2019

Any small- and medium-sized enterprise owner dreams of dynamic business growth and expansion, while inevitably dealing with the realities of adequate financing. Shparkiya Vilki, a food delivery service in Belarus, faced this challenge during their start-up stage.

The company, whose name means “Fast Forks” in Belarusian, was launched by Alfred Service in February 2016 with just three team members. The business grew rapidly with a steep rise in delivery and catering orders, but, to meet high customer demand, it needed a professional convection oven.

September 5, 2019


1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72011319R05

2. ISSUANCE DATE: 09/05/2019

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: 09/26/2019 at 11:59 p.m. Kyiv Time


5. MARKET VALUE: Basic Annual rate (in U.S. Dollars): $32,920 to $42,803

March 25, 2019

Belarus is a small, landlocked country on the eastern border of the European Union, home to 9.5 million and a turbulent history. The young nation achieved independence in 1991 – facing development challenges from the legacy of war, a centrally-managed economy, and a tragic nuclear accident that continues to affect its people today.


Last updated: April 07, 2020

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