2023 marked the beginning of establishing offline learning U&WE hubs in five communities in Ukraine: Brovary, Hoshcha, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Zaporizhzhya. We formed a project team, developed and launched an educational program, conducted research to identify women’s needs, and initiated one-day learning sessions in rural areas. The U&WE hubs are implemented in partnership with Buzz Women and funded by Global Giving and Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
We currently have hubs in five communities in Ukraine: Brovary, Hoshcha, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Zaporizhzhya.
U&WE Hubs are friendly and supportive spaces for women entrepreneurs, hosting educational events on business topics, weekly psychologist meetings that are crucial for mental well-being in times of war. We involve experts and successful businesswomen for knowledge-sharing. All our hubs are child-friendly, since many displaced women may not have someone to leave their children with.
Our chief changemaker in Ukraine
The U&WE Hub project was founded as a response to the war. My primary goal was to help displaced women in Ukraine and abroad to start or expand their businesses in order to have funds for living. Today, U&WE has become a friendly and supportive environment for female entrepreneurs who are developing or just planning to start their own businesses in these most challenging times.
From our side within the community, we organize training sessions and provide education on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, we invite experts and trainers from leading business schools, and we put a lot of effort into working with psychologists and mentors to help women overcome fears, trying to support them in this challenging learning journey.
Today, 'women empowerment' has become our rallying cry, and we see it manifest in practice. My dream is to empower one million Ukrainian women in entrepreneurship. And I strongly believe that it will come true, because, as our women say, If not now, then when?
Lilia Korchevska, a professor at Kherson National Technical University, had a fulfilling life with a rewarding career, beloved clients, a large family, a home, hobbies, and cherished belongings.
However, everything changed after the full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022, when Russian forces occupied the city of Kherson. Lilia had to leave her home, job, city, and everything that constituted her life.
Lilia relocated to Chernivtsi, where relatives and friends assisted with housing and adaptation. It was there that she discovered U&WE Hub, an initiative she approached to offer her assistance as a mentor, lecturer, and experienced individual. Lilia became a facilitator, helping teach other women in the 7-day entrepreneurship program of U&WE Hub.