MY ROOTS

MY ROOTS

Fight against irregular immigration in Ethiopia with the promotion of the micro enterprise

452

new young entrepreneurs

71,8 K

euros invested in new business activities

1,5 K

people aware of the risks irregular migration

A project that fights illegal immigration of women from Wollo, Ethiopia, through professional training programs and micro-enterprise promotion for the community and for the local institutions.

 HELP US STOP IRREGULAR IMMIGRATION IN ETHIOPIA

CONTEXT
THE IRREGULAR MIGRATION 
OF ETHIOPIAN WOMAN

Irregular migration is a serious problem in the Amhara region of Ethiopia; from this region, every year, thousands of people emigrate in search of a job and in search of better living conditions. The main migration route is the one that leads to Saudi Arabia from the province of Wollo. The phenomenon mainly affects women between 18 and 30, who have less rights, less access to education and lack of possibilities for an individual and a professional growth in their country of origin; for women, irregular migration represents a particularly dramatic path, marked by violence, physical and psychological abuse.

TARGET
MICRO ENTERPRISE AND WORK
AGAINST IRREGULAR IMMIGRATION

My roots want to fight irregular immigration by improving the socio-economic and socio-health conditions of the most vulnerable people, who are mainly women in the Wollo Region. The project includes an integrated approach that combines job creation and training to micro-enterprise, aimed at potential migrants, with a strengthening of local institutions and awareness-raising actions for the whole community. With this aim, we are committed to working on the root causes of immigration, collaborating with the beneficiaries of the project.

HOW WE ACT
MICROIMPRESA E FORMAZIONE 
PER LO SVILUPPO DEL WOLLO

To effectively fight irregular immigration in the Wollo, we have developed an integrated approach, created during  years of work with Ethiopian women and local institutions. Our project includes three types of intervention:

  • professional training on microeconomics and micro-enterprises dedicated to women, with the aim of strengthening their economic skills and their autonomy;
  • involvement and training of local authorities to encourage fighting against irregular immigration;
  • raisinging awareness on the risks of irregular immigration of the whole community through social theater and of communities in schools and villages.
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RESULTS
COMMUNITY INVOLVED
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST IMMIGRATION

hrough an integrated approach that involves potential migrants, young people and institutions, My roots has given rise to a virtuous model for fighting irregular immigration through awareness raising, training and the creation of micro-business activities. With our project we have:

  • trained over 800 potential migrants, through practical microeconomics courses;
  • supported 500 new young entrepreneurs, who started micro enterprise in the Wollo region;
  • involved 10 schools in Social Theater activities on the risks of irregular immigration, with the participation of more than 4,800 children and young people.
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STORIES
THE EXPERIENCE OF WOMEN
WHO HAVE STARTED A MICRO ENTERPRISE
AMINAT

After two years spent in Saudi Arabia and after having suffered deprivations and violence of all kinds, Aminat decided to return to his son in Ethiopia and start a small business. Here she was selected to participate in the Basic Business Skills and Life Skills courses. This are her thought about the project: “I managed to regain confidence in myself and I acquired management skills, useful to improve my production activity. Now I can sustain my whole family”.

SELAM

A few years ago Selam went to Saudi Arabia as an irregular immigrant: ”It is true that we can earn well in the Middle East, but we are also forced to face a lot of challenges and suffering. It is a world without freedom. It is better to work in Ethiopia where there is freedom, even if this mean earning less”. Thanks to the project, Selam has created a profitable micro-enterprise, has opened a small bar and restaurant, taking advantage of the large space of her home and now dreams of turning it into a hotel.

BETELEHEM

Betelehem has a dramatic past: she was a slave until the age of 15. A few years ago she was selected to be part of My roots project and received professional training and fundings to build a goat and cow farm. With this micro enterprise, Betelehem now produces and sells cheese in her country and takes advantage of the free moments she has to study and obtain the primary license

OTHER WAYS TO DONATE

Beneficiary

Cifa

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Bank transfer

Banca Unicredit Spa

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Postal order

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