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Building with hemp

When it comes to construction, we’re used to hearing words like concrete, cement, reinforcing steel, mineral wool, and polystyrene blocks. But hemp? Not so much. This is the story of a Ukrainian startup that produces building materials from industrial hemp...

Diduly. Family of social projects

Natalia and Petro Diduly are parents of five children, participants in the Revolution on Granite, members of the Lion Society and of the Ukrainian Catholic University community. Two of their sons, Yurko and Pavlo, are the founders of the Building...

Vytynanka: from traditional craft to contemporary interior design

The art of vytynanka – or papercutting – first appeared in rural villages in Ukraine in the middle of the 19th century, as a form of home decoration. For a long time, it was considered to be a dying art....

Ukrainian Guitars for the World Market

These guitars compete in the global market alongside Fender and Gibson. They cost as much as handmade jewellery, and represent Ukraine at international music trade shows. And they originate from a small workshop in Bila Tserkva, Kyiv region. It all...

Exporting Lviv

A little over a decade ago, Lviv saw the creation of a company that subsequently took over being the city’s brand ambassador. They created or merged brands that linked Lviv with coffee, books, chocolate, beer, festivals, and creative establishments. Lviv...

Shershentsi: Changing a Village’s Mindset

The Podillia village of Shershentsi lies in the valley of the Bilochi river, on the border with Moldova. After living for 35 years in a big city, Dmytro Skoryk and his wife Nadiia moved here from Odesa. It took them...

Jaroslawa Z. Johnson. From Chicago To Ukraine

With this publication, we are opening the series of stories “Ukrainians abroad”. This series is not about successful immigration rather about people that had moved abroad due to different reasons and started helping Ukraine in various ways: creating state-to-state projects,...

Velyki Kopani: Farming in the South of Ukraine

The Village of Velyki Kopani is located near Kherson and is known for having one of the largest wholesale vegetable markets called “Nezhdanyi”. The market sells products to a considerable amount of retailers and agricultural commercial centers. Nearly every household...

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