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 1058 women survivors, women at risk of trafficking, and women and men mentors in nine countries. HERA has awarded 400 grants to women-owned ventures to create new employment for some 609 women in regions with high rates of dangerous migration and trafficking in Central/Eastern Europe.
Each year young women are exploited and trafficked across international borders and within their own countries. Risk factors include unemployment, poverty, conflict, and the responsibilities of providing for children, the elderly and extended families. Many want to build better lives . Through force, deception, and coercion, traffickers, smugglers, and others exploit young women's economic vulnerabilities and ambitions to exploit, torture, and enslave.
HERA's supports women entrepreneurs in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to scale up their micro-enterprises to train and employ young women at risk of dangerous migration, trafficking and exploitation.
To date HERA has awarded 400 grants to women's ventures in Central and Eastern Europe generating some 700 new jobs for women at risk of trafficking. HERA has trained 1058 people in nine countries on entrepreneurship, business, and/or mentoring. 95% of the grantees supported by HERA are operating a year or more later and 85% have grown and/or provided new employment.