Young Survivors of Trafficking in Persons Receive Entrepreneurial Training from Businesswomen to start their own projects

These training sessions build on the ILO’s efforts on the GET Ahead methodology for capacity building of adolescent survivors of trafficking in persons

Noticia | 5 de diciembre de 2023
Lima - Women entrepreneurs leading micro and small businesses (MSMEs) in Peru provided training to young survivors at the "Miski Illariy" specialized shelter (CARE), managed by the National Comprehensive Family Welfare Program (INABIF). The training was focused on business development and financial capabilities.

In the workshops, the participants delved into the cultivation of succulents, gastronomy, techniques for product development and marketing, business planning, digital marketing, accounting records, capital reinvestment, and interpersonal skills such as decision-making, negotiation, communication, and networking.

The call was extended to women entrepreneurs whose leadership is inspirational to young survivors. Notable participants included the leaders of businesses such as Amazonas Textiles, The World of Succulents, Clove and cinnamon Catering, Fella Creations, Our Rescue, and the LVII Graduating Class from San Silvester School, a group of successful professional women who are also entrepreneurs.

"The idea of starting a business linked to nature and growing their own plants really appealed to the young survivors. They developed a business project and expressed their eagerness to embark on entrepreneurial journeys. It was very exciting to witness and support them in this process," said Mariela Tinedo, entrepreneur from The World of Succulents.

Milagros Cavero, representative of Clove and cinnamon Catering, a business specializing in cakes and desserts, mentioned that the survivors consistently showed a strong desire to learn. "Since they chose to prepare alfajores, chocotejas, and bread pudding, they asked about flour types, baking times, consistency, and other details. They were always curious. Finally, at the fair, I could see how they put everything they learned into practice. I am very proud of them," said Milagros.

These training sessions complement the efforts of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the GET Ahead methodology to enhance the capabilities of young survivors of trafficking in persons. "In collaboration with several public institutions, businesses, and civil society, we promote a pilot project for the economic integration of young survivors of trafficking, to help them secure a sustainable and decent livelihood after aging out of CAREs upon reaching 18 years of age," explained María Pia Hermoza, national coordinator of protection in the project "Partnerships in Action to End Child Trafficking in Peru".

Products made by the young survivors were showcased and sold at the 5th Youth Entrepreneurship Fair 2023, organized by the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations with technical support from the ILO. Hand-embroidered shirts and hats, eco-friendly bags, succulents in hand-painted pots, fabric keychains, notebooks, decorated pencils, desserts, chocolates, traditional dishes, and salon and face painting services were offered to the public.

The event included the participation of Erick Pumacayo Rocha, Director of the Unit of Children Services and Protection at INABIF; Virginia Rose, Specialist in Businesses, Cooperatives, and Rural Development at the ILO Office for the Andean Countries; Bryan Marcus, Deputy Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State; and Martha Valdez Medina, Director of the "Miski Illariy" CARE.