Improved ability of SMEs to access new markets

Strengthen communities and innovative market-based solutions at a local level

Solving social problems in community by providing accessible capital, coaching and mentoring

Developing of a new generation of leaders who will transform Ukraine and Moldova

Western NIS Enterprise Fund

TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE IN UKRAINE AND MOLDOVA

Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) is a $150 million regional fund, a pioneer in Ukraine and Moldova with more than two decades of successful experience in investing in small and medium-sized companies. WNISEF was funded by the U.S. government via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Since its inception, WNISEF’s cumulative investments total over $185 million to 129 companies employing around 27,000 people and made it possible to unlock $1.8 billion for companies in Ukraine and Moldova.

In 2015 WNISEF has launched a $35 million legacy program focused on export promotion, local economic development, impact investing and economic leadership.

Mission

WNISEF is funding innovative, high-impact, reform focused programs and aims to support Ukraine and Moldova at this critical period by developing sound economic policy and leadership.

Governance

WNISEF is governed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of leading representatives of the U.S. business community. WNISEF was established by the U.S. Congress and funded by the U.S. government via USAID.

We believe that these funds will be the catalyst that will expedite the transformative process and cement its results for the longer term – until ordinary people feel a tangible impact on their lives and join the ranks of reformers.

Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson

President and CEO of Western NIS Enterprise Fund

Media

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WNISEF Economic Leadership Program. October 2018

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WNISEF Impact Investing Program. October 2018

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