WELCOME BACK HOME!

WELCOME BACK HOME!

Socio-economic reintegration of migrant women returning to Dessie, Ethiopia

77

female entrepreneurial projects started

35

returnee women victims of abuse and violence have been supported

200

women organized into 10 mortgage groups

To facilitate the social and economic reintegration of returning migrants, especially vulnerable women, in the communities of origin. Provide access to professional training, strengthening of entrepreneurial skills and access to credit, as well as psychological support and the creation of mutual aid groups among women who are victims of various forms of abuse and violence; these are the actions carried out to strengthen this group of women who, after migrating, found it extremely difficult to create a new life in the villages and cities from which they left.

 SUPPORT THE ECONOMC REINTEGRATION
OF VULNERABLE WOMEN

CONTEXT
THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN
RETURNING TO ETHIOPIA

In the Dessie area, women between 18 and 30 tend to migrate. They do this, mainly irregularly, towards the Arabian Peninsula. The causes are poverty and strong community pressure. Many return to Ethiopia because of forced returns from the countries where they migrated or following a failing migration experience. It is estimated that 290,000 people have returned to Ethiopia since April 2017 but the authorities in the country do not plan any intervention to support the reintegration of returnees nor to reactivate the resources of the individual and the community.

TARGET
SOCIAL ECONOMIC REINSERTION FOR ETHIOPIAN WOMEN

The project wants to encourage the socio-economic inclusion of women who have returned to Ethiopia after having migrated (returnee), often through irregular channels. The project intends to support the complex process of reintegration in the communities of origin. The possibility of being reintegrated into the economic circuit is the first need of these women who, through work, want to regain their dignity in the community. Psychological support and creation of a welcoming community make the integrated approach of the project.

HOW WE ACT
A CENTER THAT
PROVIDES SUPPORT TO WOMEN IN ETHIOPIA

The project wants  to open, in collaboration with local authorities, a center of psychological support and work orientation in the City of Dessie. 200 returnee women are welcomed by specialized staff who facilitate their social reintegration starting from economic reinforcement: access to professional training, improvement of their entrepreneurial skills, provision of small credits and continuous support in the management of activities. Those who need psychological support receive it both through individual and group support.

RESULTS
A MORE CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY, WHICH SUPPORTS WOMEN'S RIGHTS

The project intends to open a pisco-social and orientation center for returnee. Thanks to this service 200 women can be reintegrated in the job market (paid or self-employed). The most fragile ones benefit from psychological support in order to strengthen their self-esteem and their relationship skills. Community awareness actions on the risks of irregular migration are organized to facilitate the insertion of returnee.

       

STORIES
REBUILDING A LIFE IN ETHIOPIA IS POSSIBLE
HASNA

Finding hope. Here's what joining Cifa’s psychosocial support program meant for Hasna. After a traumatic migration experience in Saudi Arabia, in which she experienced abuse and violence, Hasna, like many other migrant women, had to face the hostility and marginalization of her family. The socio-psychological help received thanks to the project was what allowed Hasna to regain confidence in herself, re-establish social relationships and return to look at the future with optimism, happy to live in her own land.

MEDINA

Medina had gone to Saudi Arabia as a migrant, like many other Ethiopian women, to look for work and to get out of an unsustainable poverty situation. After two years of heavy working conditions she decided to return, despite the difficulties she knew she would face. Thanks to the project, Medina was able to open a kiosk and receive psychological help, thanks to which today she can look to the future with hope.

AMELE

After 6 difficult years in Saudi Arabia, Amele was one of 280 thousand Ethiopians who were forcly repatriated. The extreme poverty and the psychological consequences of 6 years of emigration, undermined Amele's ability to relate and manage work activities. She thought her dream of being able to support herself and her mother and to manage her own business was not going to become true but thanks to the psychological help and training received, Amele was ready to fully take back her life and open her own shop.

OTHER WAYS TO DONATE

Beneficiary

Cifa

Via Ugo Foscolo 3

10126 Torino

Bank transfer

Banca Unicredit Spa

IBAN IT34Q0200801005000102087969

SWIFT UNICRITM180

Postal order

Poste Italiane Spa     C/C 50829423

IBAN IT84U0760110300000050829423

SWIFT BPPIITRRXXX

'