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Last updated: November 27, 2020

November 27, 2020

Olha Ovsiannykova moved from Donetsk to Sviatohirsk in 2014 after Russia-backed rebels took over the city and the eastern part of the oblast. In Sviatohirsk, she met several unemployed women who had kids with disabilities. The urge to help them was so great that Olha decided to start the Boomerang of Kindness charitable organization to raise money for the children’s medical treatment.

November 27, 2020

Most people do not want to take an HIV/AIDS test unless they have obvious symptoms. No one wants to believe that they are at risk. Medical experts know that a person is at a higher risk of having HIV positive if they have certain symptoms or diseases, but even a doctor might miss subtle clues that a test is needed.

November 27, 2020

Several generations of Iryna Vasylieva’s family have maintained a beekeeping tradition. Iryna’s great-grandfather headed a collective farm in the 1930s. During the 1932-33 Great Famine, he allowed fellow villagers to gather ears of grain in the fields, lost his position for doing so, and was sent to work at a collective farm apiary as a beekeeper.

November 24, 2020

Svitlana (name changed) dreamed of having a beauty salon since she was a schoolgirl.  She was full of plans and ideas, but could barely save enough to survive, let alone to start a business. To her, the hope that she might find help was only a useless delusion. Sitting in her studio now, she feels like a different person. 

“Back then, I had only myself to count on to make my dreams come true.” 

November 16, 2020

Entrepreneur Valentyna Metiolkina from Severodonetsk, Luhansk Oblast, inherited a travel bag sewing business from her father. Years before, her father had seen the utility of good strong bags that small businesses could use to haul their products to market.

“My father quickly saw the demand and began making them,” Valentyna explained.

She inherited the business after her father died In 2012, but was pregnant at the time and had neither the time nor a desire to take over his business. Several years later, she changed her mind.