We would like to the time and give you an update on our Social Enterprise Development Program and to thank our partners British Council Ukraine (Lyudmila Tatsenko) and East Europe Foundation (Yuiriy Piskaluk) for the continued support and action through implementation and sustainability of our program. It is because of their support and course of action that we’ve experienced such momentum and excitement for Social Enterprise in the Zhytomyrska region. To date, we have had 36 program graduates whom have learned new skills and developed sustainability and capacity building tools. Our graduates are from diverse backgrounds; NGO leaders, financial analysts, banking, fashion merchandising, university professors, human trafficking organizations, etc. This diversity shows that Social Enterprise concepts and tools can be applied towards a plethora of enterprises. To date, we have successfully completed 3 rounds of our seminars and are delighted to share with you some recent developments:
1) A furniture business in Vigoda has been started in which our graduate was able to create a social business by giving recovering addicts the opportunity for work, teaching them capacity building-skills, and manufacturing products that are demanded by customers in the arraying community.
2) A tire-bondage repair shop is to be opened in the community of Chervonoarmis’k. The bondage repair shop will employ individuals in the community and develop their skills to meet a significant need in the area. Equipment is in place and doors are set to open in the next few months.
3) A social enterprise, Green Tours Ukraine (GTU), is in active development to promote Ukraine as a viable destination for travelers of all likes. GTU provides low-cost high-quality tours throughout Ukraine aiming to provide Ukrainian nationals the skills and knowledge to become successful tour guide entrepreneurs. GTU has successfully completed tours through Bakota, Crimea, Stone Village, and is expanding its business for rock-climbing and biking events partnering with social entrepreneurs in the Zhytomyr area.
Our Social Enterprise Development Program for the Zhytomyrska Oblast is making an unbelievable impact on the region. The materials provided by the British Council Ukraine have been impactful and extremely beneficial! Our 4th round of seminars will start in October (27th ,2012) and will drive to expand and introduce the concept to other reaches of the Oblast such as Korosten, Berdychiv, and Novograd-Volynsky. In addition, we are to hold an introduction conference also in Zhytomyr on October (26th ,2012) with lead discussions by Peace Corps Community Development Lead Specialist, Marat Kurchevsky. We invite graduates, partners, and interested parties.
Thank you to our partners, from the Pulin Community and Business Center.