Success stories

label and packaging producer
Domen Druk , a printing and packaging company from Ukraine, has managed to boost its export sales, enter four new markets and increase turnover by an impressive 30%, following EBRD efforts backed by funding from the European Union (EU) under the EU4Business Initiative. By penetrating new international export markets and producing positive business results, this EBRD project has helped Domen Druk...
Women sitting at two tables
Businesswoman Valentyna Sukacheva knows how to deal with the hard stuff of everyday life. She is the Director of the metal service centre ‘STB’ in Chernigiv, a city in the north of Ukraine. Since the prolonged post-Soviet stagnation, Chernigiv has struggled economically. However, businesswomen like Valentyna, who has run a business in the rolled metal trade for over 20 years, are working hard to...
With funding from the EU, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) helped a Belarussian clothes manufacturer develop brand strategy and expand its own retail chain, increasing sales by 30%. The company, Mark Formelle , established in 2009, designs, produces and distributes cotton garments, sleepwear, underwear and other specialty clothing such as thermal wear. Despite rapid...
EBRD and EU help develop women-led Ukrainian businesses
Kiev travel agency improves website and extends client base Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ukraine account for a large majority of private sector employment and help drive much-needed stabilisation and economic growth. The EBRD, with support from Sweden and the European Union under its EU4Business Initiative, works to strengthen this important segment of the economy with tailored...
Scientists in lab
In order to provide modern water treatment solutions for households and businesses in Ukraine , the EBRD is extending a US$ 3 million loan to Ecosoft, the country’s leading producer of water purification equipment. The investment will strengthen inclusion by providing customers with access to clean water at affordable rates. Inclusion is one of the six transition qualities defining the EBRD’s...
Dr Vardanush Petrossian in the Ingrediant café.
Dr Vardanush Petrossian, a medical doctor with a specialisation in nutrition, has always dreamed of running her own healthy food-focused café. Using her own savings, she opened the Ingredient Café. Now, with the support of the Women in Business Programme, funded by EU4Business, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Sweden, Vardanush’s café is expanding. The Ingredient...
Whether it be rebranding, reorganising, re-financing or expanding, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing Armenian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with the know how to succeed. When regional telecom company Bargavachogh Tsantser Ltd. was looking to rebrand, the EBRD provided the financing the company needed to develop a strong corporate identity. As a...
female farmer
By providing female farmers with training in the practical skills of crop care and running a farming business, women in Azerbaijan are leading the country’s many family farms into the black. The LIFE project works to increase the number of women in leadership roles within the farming and agricultural sectors. To accomplish this, and with the support of the European Union (EU), the project...
Turkan Panahova, a successful 22 year old hairdresser, attends to one of her many clients.
Thanks to an EU-funded course on financial management, hairdresser Turkan Panahova is now the proud owner of her own successful beauty salon. Turkan Panahova, a young hairdresser in Azerbaijan, was struggling to make her business work. Although business was good, she had trouble finding the best way to manage her money and grow the business. Thanks to a two-day EU-funded financial training course...
When a local bookstore’s growth was outpacing its inventory capacity, its owner turned to the IT experts at the Small Business Support team (SBS) for help. In 2001, with just an initial investment of USD 600, Ms Kocharli set up a book store. With this money, she bought books from Russia and Ukraine and sold them in Azerbaijan. At first this was done via direct orders, but soon business was...