Among the main tasks of the survey, it is possible to identify the following:
- To determine the share of social enterprises that have stopped their activities due to hostilities.
- To determine the share of enterprises that continue their activities, have changed their business model, products, spheres of activity.
- To identify the basic needs that social entrepreneurs are dealing with during the military conflict and what support they need.
A total of 36 social enterprises provided feedback on the questionnaire.
In terms of geographical distribution, social enterprises represent the following regions of Ukraine:
- Western Ukraine - 8 social enterprises
- Central Ukraine - 9 social enterprises
- Eastern Ukraine - 6 social enterprises
- Southern Ukraine - 8 social enterprises
- Kyiv - 5 social enterprises
- 33% of the surveyed enterprises have suspended their activities;
- 3% continue working without changes;
- 14% continue to sell their goods and services having changed the line of their products based on today’s needs;
- more than 40% have given up the business component and continue working purely as a social initiative with the support of external donations.
- reorientation of main products to urgent needs. For example, if a social enterprise used to be engaged in sewing clothes, now it sews sleeping bags, socks, thermal underwear, etc.;
- instead of non-formal education programs for children and youth, social enterprises create kid’s rooms for children from internally displaced families;
- instead of making confectionery, enterprises started making intermediate goods or dry rations for internally displaced persons;
- suspension of main activities and allocation of premises for the creation of a shelter for internally displaced persons;
- suspension of the main activities and allocation of premises for logistical arrangement;
- with the help of involved charitable resources, provision of services to the civilians affected by hostilities;
- delivery of humanitarian aid and its distribution among those who need it;
- in 49% of social enterprises, the number of employees remains unchanged;
- in 31% of social enterprises, the number of employees decreased;
- in 6% of social enterprises, the number of employees increased;
- in 14% of social enterprises, the number of employees increased because of the volunteers.
In order to support their current activities, social entrepreneurs mentioned, among others, the need in assisting with:
- purchase of equipment (sewing machines, dough mixers, medical equipment, etc.)
- purchase of furniture and goods to set up shelters for IDPs (mattresses, chairs, tables, kettles, heaters, generators, first aid kits, etc.);
- purchase of consumables (mostly different types of fabrics);
- purchase of fuel;
- rent payment;
- purchase of food for vulnerable groups of population;
- payment of fees to their employees who started working as volunteers 24/7.