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Today, almost all participants of the business development program for internally displaced people and local communities in Zhytomyr region (hereinafter – the Program) received their equipment.

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 the monitoring meeting of participants of the Program, International Organization of Migration in Ukraine and UKAID experts and government officials in a hall of Zhytomyr State Administration.

During the meeting,  Jhanna  Solovyova, Head of the Board of Zhytomyr Community Foundation  presented the main results of the IDP Program in Zhytomyr region: ” 203 participants (women – 94, men – 109) took part in the program. Overall, 135 participants received the equipment support. The total amount of financial support given is over 5 million UAH”.


Mykola Vieru from Donetsk said: «The Program gave us chance to buy a two-wheel tractor and additional equipment that simplifies our works. I will provide the plowing and cultivating services to the people of my village. Thanks to Zhytomyr Community Foundation! »

The member of the Program Valentina Grigorenko (moved from Donetsk and now lives in Volodar-Volynskiy) is sharing her impressions: “The problem was in lack of space and equipment. Now I have all I need for productive work! “

During the meeting, participants shared their impressions about the project, met closer, talked about successful projects and outlined the challenges faced in business.


Norik Fahradyan, the member of the program, surprised all participants bringing some delicious khachapuri.   Norik Fahradyan has received the baking equipment as a part of the business development program.


The participants were also surprised by a short video prepared by Zhytomyr Community Foundation about the achievements of their colleagues in the Program in Zhytomyr region.

The chief organizer of the program is Zhytomyr Community Foundation with the support of the International Organization for Migration in Ukraine and UKAID. The main goal of the program is helping internally displaced people from Lugansk, Donetsk regions, Crimea in order to start a small business. The program gives chance to participants to get small start-up capital (from $ 900 to $ 2500) for launching a new business or development of existing business. The funds are assigned for the equipment purchases.