Prevent Trafficking in Women thru Entrepreneurship

by HERA (Her Equality Rights and Autonomy)


HERA provides entrepreneurship training, professional mentoring and grants to women survivors of modern slavery, violence and exploitation to enable them to become economically independent. To date, HERA has trained and mentored over 400 survivors and has awarded 152 grants to female-owned small businesses totalling more than 100,000 and creating employment for over 500 young women at risk in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
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Each year hundreds of thousands of young women are trafficked across borders and within their own countries . Risk factors include poverty, lack of access to financial services and women's responsibility to contribute to family and household welfare. Many young women dream of building a better life and future for themselves and their families. Through force, fraud, and coercion, traffickers exploit these women's vulnerabilities and ambitions in order to enslave, torture, and exploit.


HERA's interventions prevent trafficking and re-trafficking by economically empowering women. HERA provides grants to start and scale up women-owned enterprises in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Grantees include previously trafficked women and those with innovative ideas to prevent trafficking. In the UK and USA, HERA provides entrepreneurship training, professional mentoring, and business seminars in partnership with Imperial College Business School and Seattle University's Business School

Long-Term Impact

Since 2010, HERA has awarded 152 grants totaling 100,000+ GBP. An estimated 500 young women have obtained employment and training through these investments. 400+ women have gone through HERA's entrepreneurship training and mentoring. In the past three years, 85% of these women have gone on to obtain employment or apprenticeships, enroll in college, university, or professional training, and/or start new ventures. Your support helps launch ventures and career plans of many young women survivors.


Testimonials from HERA beneficiaries & volunteers

Organization Information

HERA (Her Equality Rights and Autonomy)

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lynellyn Long
London, London United Kingdom
$52,900 raised of $80,000 goal
308 donations
$27,100 to go
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