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Last updated: November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

Costless, an Android and iOS app, helps grocery shoppers save money and time by comparing prices and finding hot deals. The app checks details on products and stores, provides shoppers with a savings calculator, and makes it easier for them to order online and track their spending history. Anna Karmazina, Costless’ CEO and founder, says the company’s purpose is to “help save the planet’s resources by decreasing overproducing and waste.”

November 16, 2020

Antonina Borodina, lived and worked in Toretsk, Donetsk Oblast, before moving to Kyiv to complete her studies. Last year she returned to develop her business in Toretsk.

After graduating from the Kyiv Higher Vocational School, where she stood out because of her sewing skills, Antonina opened a sewing workshop in Kyiv focused on making costumes for athletes and dancers. The high cost of rental space in Kyiv forced her to move her business to her hometown. 

Her simple marketing and advertising efforts quickly achieved results.

November 16, 2020

A USAID-supported interactive map called Chysta Voda allows Ukrainians to monitor the water quality.


Oleksandr Koval is concerned with the state of the environment and has actively supported environmental issues for more than two years. Together with other eco-activists, he founded and leads the NGO, Green Generation, to help organize improvements to Ukraine’s waste management system.

November 16, 2020

Olesia Izuita from Kreminna, Luhansk Oblast, opened a children’s entertainment center with a grant from USAID’s Economic Resilience Activity. With the money, she equipped the center with furniture, toys, and games. In a blink of an eye the center  became a favorite place for children's parties and birthday celebrations.

Toddlers and young children finally had a place to go, but teenagers were left out and that is where her story gets interesting.

November 16, 2020

Thanks to the hard work of the Ukrainian people and their local leaders, no country has come so far so quickly as Ukraine along the decentralization path.  Working together through the Association of Ukrainian Cities, regular people have begun to take a direct role in guiding the actions of their local government.