There and back again, a friend and a partner

Posted on: 2018/9/19 07:10

Partnerships and success can manifest itself in the strangest of places, yet it shows the power of motivation and determination, and friendship in the unlikeliest of places

Bila and Fanta, two ambitious young women from Ethiopia, came to Egypt in 2011, 2012 respectively looking for job opportunity to support her family back in Ethiopia. Bila worked as a domestic worker for two families during her stay in Egypt. After long years of work and exhaustion, she decided to go back to her country of origin Ethiopia to start a new life. Fanta graduated from high school in Addis Ababa, she was shocked when she found out that the only job available in Egypt is domestic work. Due to her needs, Fanta accepted to work as a domestic worker for a family in Cairo from the end of 2012 and for three years. However, Fanta could not afford to work as a domestic assistance anymore, as a result, she decided to return to Ethiopia. From the Ethiopian community, Bila and Fanta heard about Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme (AVRR) supported by the International Organization for migration (IOM), they approached the office asking for IOM assistance to return to Ethiopia. IOM helped Bila and Fanta safely returned to Ethiopia on the same flight and decided to use their reintegration assistance together. The two young ladies decided to use their reintegration amount together to enhance the business. According to them: “we have taken advantage of working together by summing up the amounts”. They didn’t stop here, they also expanded their business and expanded their family business and entered with them in a successful partnership that has permitted them to gain more profits.

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Data from 2011 – 2015 includes Return only. Data from 2016 – 2018 includes Return and Reintegration.

This AVRR Map was designed and developed pro bono by SilverKey Technologies