May 2018 — Twenty-two-year-old Tymofii Babych was forced to grow up quickly when he lost his father. He needed to help his mother take care of five of his siblings. When the conflict started in eastern Ukraine in 2014, Babych and his family lost their home, and with it their wealth and sense of peace and well-being. They were forced to leave Luhansk and start a new life in a rural part of Vinnytsia oblast in central Ukraine.
Tymofii Babych cuts a child’s hair at his business, which he started with USAID funding. Courtesy of USAID TEAM project
Babych was not accustomed to a rural setting, let alone building a life and helping support his family there. But his passion and creativity kept him going. When he found out about USAID’s Training, Economic Empowerment, Assistive Technology and Medical/Physical Rehabilitation (TEAM) project during this difficult transition, he participated enthusiastically.