More than 2.5 million people have now fled Ukraine, most are women and children. This number is expected to grow exponentially as Russia continues its merciless attack on Ukraine.
To support entrepreneurial women who have had to flee their homes because of this unjust war resulting in the complete loss of their businesses and finding themselves with little to no money as they are now refugees in different countries. We wish to create a fund that will help provide these women with at least one month’s worth of financial support along with easing the mental stress they are enduring while their men and loved ones who had to stay behind live the perils of war.
WHO WE ARE
As a result of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, our middle sister Sofia, an entrepreneur herself, had to flee the country and seek a safe place for our Mother, Grandmother, herself and her five year old son. They are all currently safe in Warsaw, Poland. This forced her to not only leave her bakery business in Kyiv – a business she started and has been developing into a flourishing one since she was 19 years old – but to also leave her husband behind who is currently volunteering alongside our Father, helping safeguarding other women and children who are still stuck in danger zones.
WHY THIS NICHE
Entrepreneurial women, with their business acumen and problem-solving demeanor, will more naturally step up and help other more fragile women and children get situated during these times of extreme duress.
While thankfully there are dozens of organizations and funds coming to aid Ukraine in many different sectors, we want our fund to focus solely on safekeeping the women we have known growing up who have lost their small to midsize businesses and their entire life’s work and savings.
These courageous women will be the pillars of the rebuilding of Ukraine.
Aside from the financial aid, our fund intends to provide a much needed moral support, with the aims of having a positive impact on women who didn’t just lose their businesses and material possessions, but who have also left loved ones — their men, husbands, sons, relatives, friends, etc. — behind to fight, and are now in a different country facing tremendous uncertainty.
At the core, Ukrainian women are driven and strong-willed, and even with a little breather of hope, they will regain their wits and be there for Ukraine and beyond.
Provided we have sufficient funds, we would wish to continue to support these entrepreneurial women who, once they are able to go back home, will be instrumental in devising plans and strategies to help restore our country and its economy after the imminent devastation of this war.