Ukraine | In action since 2000
We Create To Live
With an influx of nearly 17,000 people escaping war, the Enactus team at Vinnytsia National Technical University knew they had an opportunity to help these new residents rebuild their lives. After spending time with their target audience and connecting with other organizations working in the area, they decided to focus their efforts on empowering women through various economic opportunities. They launched a series of workshops for the women where they taught them how to manufacture gift items from waste paper and fabric, then set up fairs where they could sell the products. They also collected information on various public grant programs that the women and their families could participate in, making it easy for them to find financial support as they transitioned to their new life. Finally, they created lessons for the children involved to teach them about their new city and connect them with local children for a smooth transition. Since launching the project, the team has impacted nearly 3,500 people, launching five businesses and creating 20 new jobs.
Proudest moment of the past year:
When we received funding for our project, which allowed us to help displaced individuals who had lost everything start a new business
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Finding funding for our project
How they're preparing for the WC:
Preparing a high-quality presentation that will effectively communicate to the world our work and our results
They're most excited about:
Meeting positive, active, creative and powerful people from all over the world and sharing our ideas with them
Team described in one word:
With the goal of finding a group of active and progressive people to change the world with, Yanna knew she found the answer when she heard about the projects being implemented by the Enactus team on campus. Two years after first getting involved, she now serves as the team’s Captain and says her biggest success is providing hope and happiness to the children they’ve worked with. As she leads the team in their preparations for World Cup, she hopes she will acquire more entrepreneurial skills through the experience so she can come home and help even more people.
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Originally from Ghana, Martin had heard about Enactus and read a lot about the organization and its mission before arriving in Ukraine. He decided to join the team on campus so he could do his part to make the world a safer place. After one year of involvement, he now serves as the team’s PR Manager and is proud of the work he and his team have done to empower people in need. As he thinks about his upcoming World Cup experience, he says that winning is not his end goal. Instead, he is excited to connect with people from other countries who share his commitment to improving lives.
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