HERA promotes women's entrepreneurship and employment with grants, training, and mentoring so as to prevent and counter all forms of slavery, violence and exploitation.To date, HERA has trained 1026 women survivors (343 in London), women at risk of trafficking, and business mentors in eight countries. HERA has awarded 350 grants to women-owned ventures to create or maintain employment for some 600 women in regions with high rates of dangerous migration and trafficking in Central/Eastern Europe.
Each year thousands of young women are exploited and trafficked across borders and within their own countries. Risk factors include poverty, war and conflict, and the responsibility of providing for children, the elderly and extended families. Many dream of building better lives and futures for themselves and their families. Through force, deception, and coercion, traffickers exploit young women's economic vulnerabilities and ambitions in order to enslave, torture, and exploit.
HERA's interventions prevent trafficking and re-trafficking by supporting women's entrepreneurship and employment. HERA provides grants to scale up women-owned enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe and the UK. Grantees include previously trafficked women and women entrepreneurs with serious ventures, who can provide employment for vulnerable, young women. HERA also organizes entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and business seminars with leading business schools and NGO partners.
To date HERA has awarded 315 grants to women's ventures in Central and Eastern Europe generating or sustaining over 500 jobs for women at risk of trafficking. HERA has trained over 1026 women, including young women survivors, those at risk of trafficking, women starting new ventures, and mentors. The majority of those trained, have advanced their careers and/or sustained their ventures and often provide employment for other young women.
Testimonials from HERA beneficiaries & volunteers