Elena Gallina

Elena Gallina

Joined April 2020

Grapevine Membership

Refugee Entrepreneurs COVID-19 Resilience Fund (RECOVR Fund)

The COVID-19 crisis is wreaking havoc on small businesses globally, including enterprises serving refugees and their host communities. Government relief efforts often fail to reach businesses owned and operated by refugees, despite the fact that refu...

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Global Youth International
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Nonprofits Supported

International Rescue Committee - Center for Economic Opportunity (IRC-CEO)

International Rescue Committee - Center for Economic Opportunity (IRC-CEO)
New York, NY

The International Rescue Committee’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides financial training and helps borrowers build assets, capitalize on opportunities, and transition into the financial mainstream. Operating out of IRC offices across the United States, CEO works with low-income clients who are immigrants as well as members from their host communities. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CEO established a cash grant assistance program that will be available to over 700 entrepreneurs and clients who are struggling through the current economic downturn, and to new beneficiaries impacted by the crisis.

Jusoor

Jusoor
Menlo Park, CA

Jusoor is an NGO of Syrian expatriates supporting the country’s development and helping Syrian youth realize their potential through programs in the fields of education, career development, and global community engagement. Jusoor’s Entrepreneurship Program aims to create a strong collaborative community for Syrian entrepreneurs to learn from successful businesses, peers and role models. We want to highlight the challenges for start-ups and help guide entrepreneurs through their business development with mentorships, bootcamp program and funding. With its Entrepreneurship Program, Jusoor aims to bring all available resources together, organise them and make them available and accessible to young aspiring entrepreneurs. Jusoor’s response to the pandemic is focused on helping clients to transition to digital operations and remote management, e.g. online meetings and sales as well as digital bookkeeping.

African Entrepreneurship Collective

African Entrepreneurship Collective
Langley, WA

African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC) supports small entrepreneurs to grow their businesses to create jobs and improve livelihoods. We believe entrepreneurship is a backbone to a thriving economy, and can unlock pathways to greater resources, dignity, and innovation. AEC facilitates this by providing training, consulting, and access to affordable finance. Our programs are practical, locally relevant, and, most importantly, guided by our belief that entrepreneurs will transform the Continent. Currently AEC has 140 staff in 10 offices across East Africa.

Five One Labs

Five One Labs
Villanova, PA 19085, PA

Five One Labs is a start-up incubator that helps refugees and conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in the Middle East. Launching first in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, we aim to empower individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities. Five One Labs entrepreneurs are provided with training; mentorship by world class entrepreneurs from the USA and the Middle East; and a community of creative changemakers to share their experiences with. Our vision is to develop an inclusive network of innovators and entrepreneurs that have the support, skills, and connections to positively change their communities and countries.

The Refugee Investment Network

The Refugee Investment Network
Washington, DC

The RIN is the first impact investing and blended finance collaborative dedicated to creating durable solutions to global forced migration. We connect investors with refugee ventures, build the field of refugee investment, change the narrative around the contribution of refugees, and advocate for more inclusive refugee policies, with the ultimate goal of creating quality jobs, economic growth, and measurable improvements to the livelihoods of millions of refugees and host community members.