Reintegration and Empowerment: IOM Launches Reintegration Business Training for Human Trafficking Survivors in Nigeria

An ERS beneficiary participating at the Business Skills Training in Ibadan, Nigeria. Photo © IOM 2024/ONUH Davidson

Ibadan - The Enhanced Reintegration Support for Survivors of Trafficking (ERS) project in Nigeria aims to equip survivors of human trafficking with business development knowledge and tools. Utilizing the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) training programme, developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing technical and life skills necessary for successful reintegration.

The SIYB program provides personalized assistance to small-scale entrepreneurs, helping them tackle issues such as marketing, staffing, and navigating regulatory hurdles. The training commenced in Ibadan, Oyo State, during the last week of March 2024 and included 27 participants, predominantly women. Over five days, the program focused on enhancing participants' skills in generating and refining business ideas.

The ERS project in Nigeria not only offers small business grants to survivors of human trafficking but also empowers them through comprehensive business coaching. This coaching is facilitated by collaborating with local business leaders and counselors. The goal is to help returning survivors attain financial independence and overcome the challenges of stigma and trauma.

Osita Osemene, an ILO-certified SIYB master trainer, highlighted the practical insights gained by participants, who expressed enthusiasm for applying the training to improve their businesses and lives.

One of the participants, a returnee from Lebanon, praised the impactful training, which expanded her business prospects. Despite setbacks, including her mother's illness, Juliana has successfully launched a hairstyling business in Ibadan with IOM's support.

IOM has collaborated with donors and partners to provide business skills training to over 20,000 returnees in Nigeria, emphasizing market analysis and reintegration support. Over the next three months, the ERS project and SIYB programme will continue assisting beneficiaries with business plan assessment, advanced training, and mentorship opportunities.

Supported by the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), the SIYB programme is part of the ERS project implemented in Nigeria and Ghana.

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