The coronavirus pandemic and the world situation forced many people to reorganize their economy and exacerbated the difficulty of many people around the world who were already living and working in tough conditions and has made many more susceptible to exploitation. In the case of migrants, leaving their country due to the political, social and economic situation with the hope of getting a stable economy leaves them even more exposed to the risks of human trafficking because they are in dire need of help, lack a support group and often have to provide for their family in the country of origin.
USA for IOM collaborated with IOM to prevent designated migrants from falling into the trap of human trafficking by supporting their small businesses with seed capital donated through the Global Assistance Fund. Providers were thoroughly vetted to ensure the best price and quality of service to the people who would be receiving assistance and then our staff then travelled to meet with the beneficiaries, check on their well-being and assure them their requests were inbound.
Financial support was provided to small businesses from a variety of sectors in the form of machines for optimizing the operations, inputs to produce goods and services, tools for their sales strategy, etc. and sometimes even psychological or medical support for the entrepreneur himself. Besides capital, beneficiaries received advice to create a well-defined value proposition to meet the needs and expectations of their customers, growing and strengthening their businesses and sometimes resulting in the generation of jobs.
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