Eastern Rinok is a project designed to help Ukrainian artists and entrepreneurs sell their handmade goods using the online sales platform, Etsy. The name “Eastern Rinok” is a word combination derived from Ukraine’s location in Eastern Europe, and the Russian word for marketplace, Rinok (Рынок).  Ukrainian artists of all backgrounds and influences interested in selling their handmade products (such as jewelry, dolls, flags, journals, souvenirs, etc.) are encouraged to join the vibrant and international Eastern Rinok community. With the help and guidance of Peace Corps volunteers in select cities Ukrainians artists will have the opportunity to open online shops to begin selling their products to a wide international market, all the while learning important business and language skills. In addition, the Eastern Rinok Peace Corps community will help promote the products of its members among friends and family in the United States and throughout the world. The mission of Eastern Rinok is:

To provide motivated and hardworking Ukrainian artisans and entrepreneurs with the educational materials and support to develop successful online businesses, and to improve the quality of life of all project participants by creating a positive and diverse learning and working environment.

To help prepare Ukrainian entrepreneurs for success, Peace Corps volunteers have developed a technical training and assistance program to help entrepreneurs become highly skilled business professionals. Our training program includes seminars on how to:

  • Take and upload pictures to the Internet
  • Interact with customers who buy your product
  • Market your product to interested buyers
  • Ship your product overseas
  • Organize and manage your business
  • And much more…

Eastern Rinok is not for big business developers. The program is offered to self-motivated and hard-working small business entrepreneurs looking to expand and share their business and talent. Our program helps guarantees Ukrainian product authenticity, while transferring important skills for business success.

Please view this introductory video about our project: http://www.powtoon.com/show/cstb0KLkHDc/eastern-rinok-introduction/#

Eastern Rinok is under the umbrella of Bridge 2 Ukraine, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to make strong connections between Ukraine and America through the sharing of ideas, culture, and mutual support. Visit the Bridge 2 Ukraine website at http://www.bridge2ukraine.org/ for more information.

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For more information about Eastern Rinok, or to ask a question, please email us at easternrinok@gmail.com.


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