HERA provides entrepreneurship training and mentoring support to enable the economic independence of formerly trafficked women. Building on the women's strengths as survivors, HERA recruits and trains a diverse group of professional volunteers as mentors to help reintegrate these women into the formal economy. The combination of inspirational training, and long term 1:1 support really gives the women the springboard from which they have the opportunity to rebuild a new life.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The UN estimates that about 2.5 million people per year are involved in forced labour as a result of trafficking. The majority of these women are aged between 18 - 24 and used for sex work. Traffickers are most likely to prey on marginalised, impoverished, and ethnic minority women with promises of employment and migration opportunities into western economies. London is a major destination for trafficked women, with 30 000 women (police statistics) forced to sex- work here at any given time.
How will this project solve this problem?
HERA aims to deliver entrepreneurship training and mentoring to formerly trafficked women in the UK. By supporting women entrepreneurs, HERA are creating alternatives to dangerous and irregular migration that may lead these women back to vulnerable situations. Once here, the women are socially and economically isolated. Hera supports them back into economically active lives, by introducing them to a ready made network of professionals, plus preparing them for business start up or employment.
Potential Long Term Impact
HERA offers business training to 25 women, providing them with professional business men and women mentors. We encourage the women to have a entrepreneurial approach to their career development and choices as a contrast to the subservient or passive roles that may have been imposed on them in the past. Once 'recovered' from their trauma, these women will at best be provided with housing and social security benefits. Hera wants them to move on from this, and become economically active.
Total Funding Received to Date: £5,694
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £662
Total Funding Goal: £6,356