An internally displaced Ukrainian woman from Luhansk region has set up a farm and shelter for refugees near the town of Stryi
A new farm has started operating in the Lviv region, offering craft products and pleasant outdoor recreation. In addition to tourists, the cooperative takes care of internally displaced people from the east of Ukraine. Kateryna Lisova (Tarasenko), an IDP from Alchevsk, first came to Lviv region in 2014 and is doing all this together with her partner.
Kateryna recalls that she first came to the village at 56. She saw village animals only on TV or from the car window before, but she fell in love with them so much that her farming business was very successful. For five years, together with another woman named Kateryna, they have been developing the “Two Katerynas’ Goat Farm.” Now their cooperation is over, and Kateryna Lisova has launched a new location from scratch in the village of Zagirne in the Stryi district — “Karpatski Gazdy.”
The war created new challenges, and the cooperative responded quickly. Two kilometers from the village Dashava in the unfinished cafe “Prestige,” Kateryna Lisova and her partners created a center for IDPs. On March 1, 2022, the admission of people from hot spots began there.
“It has already occurred to me that I am homeless, but it is also difficult for other people now. And I try to convey to them that life can be started from scratch,” Kateryna Lisova said.