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About Program Getting Down To Business

In August 2016, the Department of State, and U.S. Embassy in Ukraine supported  the Getting Down to Business Project (GDTB Project) aiming to support an English-language and skill building program for 75 young entrepreneurs and youth who would start their own venture. The project has been implemented by PH International, and is run from Sep. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2017 in Volyn and Kharkiv Oblasts (Regions) of Ukraine.   

The project classes started in November – December 2016 in four cities: Kharkiv, Lutsk, Kovel, and Volodymyr-Volynsky. The GDTB Project especially encouraged applications from unemployed young people from disadvantaged families, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the on-going Russian military invasion and  war veterans with limited practical experience and few financial resources but who are eager to start their own small businesses. Special effort was given to including young women.

Based on results of the 2016-2017 GDTB project, and addressing the need to assist many unemployed internally displaced persons (IDPs – further on), the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine supported the next Getting Down to Business Project – II, with the implementation period September 30, 2017 – September 30, 2018. More than 60 entrepreneurs or self-employed people, mostly IDPs but also some local residents (four groups, 15 people/group) became the program participants in Lutsk, Kharkiv, Vinnytsya, and Irpin (Kyiv Oblast).

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