Fatima* is a Sudanese woman, who is the breadwinner of her whole family, including the sick mother and younger siblings. Unable to find a suitable job at home, she decided to migrate to Egypt.
Once Fatima voluntarily expressed interest to return to Sudan, IOM presented her with the option of Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration.
“IOM assisted me in Egypt and back in Sudan, Thank you all”
After working for some time in Egypt, she became unemployed and approached IOM for assistance. Initially, IOM provided her with assistance to meet basic needs for four months under the Direct Assistance Programme.
Once Fatima voluntarily expressed the interest to return to Sudan, IOM presented her with the option of Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration. IOM assessed her eligibility to benefit from the programme and took care of the entire process of her return. Moreover, IOM offered reintegration assistance to help her to restart her life in Sudan and meet the needs of her family.
Upon her return, Fatima met with IOM Sudan and used the offered assistance to purchase fabrics for making curtains and bedsheets. Successively, she sold the manufactured textile products in her small village. In addition, IOM provided extra assistance to Fatima to cover two months’ rent for the entire family, allowing her to settle and start generating income from the new business to support her family.
IOM is still in touch with Fatima and her business is doing well.
*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the beneficiary