A Young Mother’s Story

Posted on: 2017/8/24 04:26

Twenty-three year old Mable Allotey* is a proud mother of three girls: a four-year old and six-month old twin girls, who returned to Ghana from Egypt. While Mable’s story ends beautifully, it did not start this way.

Twenty-three year old Mable Allotey* is a proud mother of three girls: a four-year old and six-month old twin girls, who returned to Ghana from Egypt. While Mable’s story ends beautifully, it did not start this way.

In 2011, after the birth of her first child, Mable’s partner migrated to Egypt in search of better opportunities to provide a better life for Mable and their baby girl. After two years apart he invited her to join him in Egypt.

Mable signed a contract through a recruitment agency but, when she arrived in Egypt and started working, a significant share out of her little earnings went towards paying back the agent. She was left with barely enough to survive.

In just over a year, Mable was pregnant again. She managed to continue working four months into her pregnancy, before she had to stop due to medical complications. Mable and her partner were struggling to make ends meet, since he also did not have a secure job. However, Mable heard of IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme from a friend and voluntarily decided to return home to Ghana.

She enrolled in the AVRR programme after contacting IOM Egypt and travelled back home in November 2015. IOM took care of all her pre-departure and travel procedure. She was seven months pregnant at the time of her return and unable to work. At the beginning things were not easy for Mable as her mother was also not working and she was caring for her four-year-old girl, who was already going to school.

While her business was still in its inception phase, her delivery date was approaching. She was unable to support her family nor take care of her business. IOM provided her with additional money to cover hospital bills, school fees and food costs needed to sustain her family for up to four months after having given birth.

IOM visited Mable several months later. She was doing well with her two newborn daughters, and her business was beginning to flourish.

*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the beneficiary

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