How Small Business Owners Help With Refugees From Ukraine

I watch the daily news and feel powerless over the human crisis in Ukraine whose end is not yet in sight.

That’s why I spoke on The Small Business Radio Show this week with Alina Vandenberghe, co-founder and co-CEO of Chili Piper. She is of Romanian descent and has created a billion dollars worth of technology from scratch. Chili Piper is one of the leading inbound conversion software, powering today’s fast-growing B2B revenue teams. Chili Piper was founded with her husband Nicolas and drives buyer engagement for companies like Spotify, Airbnb, Twilio and Shopify. It has more than 240 employees (many in Ukraine) in more than 40 countries.

To date, more than six million Ukrainians have fled. As a border country, nearly a million Ukrainians have entered Romania. According to Alina, Chili Piper supports grassroots local efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries through Citizens of our Planet (COOP), the company’s global non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more just, inclusive and peaceful future. Her company has helped more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees displaced by the ongoing conflict with Russia. Techfugees Foundation, which amplifies the voices of displaced persons in promoting their human rights, has been a key philanthropic partner in all of this. Her company has donated over $60K to them.

Alina says Chile Piper has been working closely with local NGOs in Ukraine and neighboring countries to ensure refugees have access to basic necessities, such as food and medicine. As a result, Chili Piper built BRIDGE, a technical platform that connects NGOs asking for supplies with people who want to help and deliver them. Chili Piper has also donated money to the Romanian United Fund (RUF), which doubles all donations made to $30,000. RUF has already used $9,000 of the funds to help refugees.

Finally, Chili Piper has also prepared a “Relocation Document” in collaboration with its main philanthropic partner, Techfugees Foundation. The document outlines several options for Ukrainian refugees, including local procedures for entering new countries, methods of applying for asylum, the rights and obligations of people entering new countries. More than 10,000 Ukrainians have now used the Moving Guide.

Listen to the full interview about how you can help in Ukraine.

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Image: Alina Vandenberghe

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