For over a decade, HERA has worked to prevent the 98 billion GBP/annum industry of human trafficking. HERA provides economic alternatives to make "Her Equality Rights and Autonomy" a reality for young women at risk. HERA's programs include entrepreneurship training, professional mentoring and business seminars, and grants to aspiring entrepreneurs. HERA assists young women vulnerable to human trafficking and women survivors of trafficking, conflict, and other forms of violence and exploitation.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Each year, several hundred thousand women and girls are trafficked across borders and within their own countries. A significant number are re-trafficked. Risk factors include women's poverty, lack of status, and responsibility to contribute to household welfare. Many young women also dream of building a better life and future for themselves and their children. Through force, fraud, and coercion, traffickers exploit these vulnerabilities and ambitions in order to enslave and torture.
How will this project solve this problem?
HERA's interventions prevent trafficking and re-trafficking by promoting women's economic empowerment. HERA provides grants to start and scale up women-owned enterprises in Central/Eastern Europe. Grantees include previously trafficked women and those with innovative ideas to prevent trafficking. In the UK and USA, HERA provides entrepreneurship training, professional mentoring, and business seminars in partnership with Imperial College Business School and Seattle University's Business School.
Potential Long Term Impact
Since 2010, HERA has awarded 132 grants totaling 70,000+ GBP. An estimated 500 young women have obtained employment and training through these investments. 360+ women have gone through HERA's entrepreneurship training and mentoring. In the past three years, 85% of these women have gone on to obtain employment or apprenticeships, enroll in college, university, or professional training, and/or start new ventures. Your support helps to launch the ventures and career plans of many more young women.
Total Funding Received to Date: £6,846
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £9,226
Total Funding Goal: £16,072