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Last updated: June 10, 2021

June 8, 2021

Natalia Miranchuk, one of the two Mama PRO co-founders, created an inclusive communication and educational platform providing current and prospective parents with numerous offline and online opportunities to talk to leading experts in health care, social protection and education. Both partners of Mama PRO have fully committed their professional careers to projects in support of young families that have or are expecting babies, including parents with disabilities. 

June 8, 2021

Elena Mezentseva is an activist of the Bona NGO and Kobrin Business Women Club. In 2013, she was selected to take part in the Community Connections visitor exchange program. Elena spent three weeks in Chicago, Illinois where she met with local civic and political leaders from the U.S. government and non-profit organizations who exposed her to the best American practices of using ICT to strengthen the NGOs’ capacity.

March 10, 2021

Development of innovative businesses creates modern jobs, strengthens market competition,  increases productivity, and ultimately fuels economic growth. Business angels - investors who support business projects at early stages of their development by providing finance, expert advice and networking support - are a key element of building a startup ecosystem aimed to develop innovative businesses. 

March 9, 2021

Olga Poloshovets leads a non-profit organization that supports vulnerable groups. Olga lost her sight 16 years ago, but this has not deterred her active life. Olga is a mother of three, holds degrees in education and law, and has managed several business ventures. Moreover, Olga participated in a USAID Community Connections (ComCon) program with a cohort of Belarusian professionals in 2018 and continues to be an active ComCon alumni. 

September 29, 2020

"It is impossible to live an active life if a person stays at home and doesn’t have the opportunity to be a part of society. The first time I thought about it was when I had to learn how to take care of myself at the age of 12," says Eduard Kluisha, now 25 years old. He has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair but has managed to successfully overcome daily obstacles to achieve his dream of becoming a professional photographer.