Why the social economy is key to rebuilding Ukraine
When Russian aggression in Ukraine turned into a full-scale invasion earlier this year, millions were displaced and businesses were disrupted. The situation prompted social entrepreneur Kateryna Tarasenko, herself a refugee from the 2014 Russian invasion of the country, to do something to help.
Together with her partner, Tarasenko rapidly repurposed their small dairy farm and petting zoo – that had become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region – into an agricultural cooperative to provide a refuge for people fleeing the war. Many of those now sheltering at Carpathian Farmers volunteer in the fields, ensuring that they can grow healthy food to feed themselves and others in need as the war continues.