Young women who survived trafficking in Peru enhanced their entrepreneurial skills and received seed capital to start their own businesses

Using ILO's business development methodology, the National Comprehensive Program for Family Welfare (INABIF) in Peru promotes the social reintegration of young victims of trafficking through small ventures.

Noticia | 27 de julio de 2022

Lima – Today, Andrea, a young victim of trafficking, has achieved her economic and social reintegration thanks to her small business: the sale of quail eggs. Andrea developed the necessary entrepreneurial skills thanks to the ILO's GET Ahead methodology, in collaboration with the National Comprehensive Program for Family Welfare (INABIF).

Andrea was one of the young women who, as part of the Pilot Program for the economic reintegration of victims of trafficking, received not only training and technical assistance, but also seed capital that enabled these young women to implement their business plans. "I am very grateful and happy for the opportunity I have been given", said Andrea, who was forced to take her mother's place at work when the pandemic began, since COVID-19 posed a great risk to her elderly mother.

After two years of the pandemic, I feel fortunate to be able to start this business with my mother. Her business experience and the knowledge I have acquired during the training process will allow us to move forward, together.

Andrea, participant in the Pilot for economic integration of victims of trafficking in persons

Like Andrea, Camila was also a victim of trafficking in Peru, but today she is one of the young participants in the pilot program and winner of seed capital. She is from Venezuela, where her mother and daughter are still living, Camila continues her reintegration process by selling shoes through digital platforms.

After the training and the capital received, Camila hopes to make her business the starting point for a new stage in her life with her mother and daughter. "I would like my mother and daughter, who are in Venezuela, to see this moment, I'm sure they would be proud of me", says Camila. "I will do everything I can to succeed for my family", she added.

Gloria Palomino, coordinator and educator of the Specialized Shelter (CARE), stated, "the methodology transferred by the ILO will be very helpful in the CARE's task of supporting women victims of trafficking in their process of reintegration into economic and social life through the recovery of their livelihoods".

Participants have received not only training in finance, risk management, marketing and operations, but also individualized support and coaching sessions to ensure the sustainability and viability of their business plans.

Gloria Palomino, CARE coordinator and educator

Between 2015 and 2021, 8842 complaints were registered for the crime of trafficking in persons in Peru, according to the report "The Public Ministry's Response to Trafficking in Persons" published in June. The report prepared by the Public Ministry, with the support and technical assistance of the ILO, also highlights that, in 2021, the Specialized Prosecution Offices for Trafficking in Persons registered 860 victims for the crime of trafficking; 80% of these victims were women.

GET Ahead: an option for empowerment

The ILO's training and coaching program, GET Ahead, helps vulnerable women develop entrepreneurial skills to remove the obstacles they face when they start or run their own business.

In addition, through interactive and practical activities, women participating in the GET Ahead program share their experiences with others, promoting the development and strengthening of soft skills that are fundamental to the success of their businesses.

The pilot program for the economic reintegration of victims of trafficking is developed as part of the activities of the project "Partnerships in Action to End Child Trafficking in Peru", implemented within the framework of the Child Protection Compact Partnership (CPC), funded by the United States Department of State. The pilot is also part of the actions of the ILO's "Reactivation of MSMEs" project.