Small businesses schemes for victims of human trafficking

Small businesses schemes for victims of human trafficking
Sara’s life has been very difficult. She lost her mother when she was very young, and her father did not care for her. Sara was raised by her grandparents, who have looked after her well, despite financial difficulties.

She has always been interested in fashion, but because she could not afford to buy clothes, she began sewing them herself. When she was at school, she gradually discovered that she possessed a wide range of the skills needed for styling and sewing clothes. Sara chose to further her education by enrolling in a vocational course. Although aware that her grandparents would be unable to assist her financially, she believed in herself that one day she would be able to live and work independently.

Sara quickly found work and a place to live, which she shared with two other girls, and a long ordeal of aggression, threats and exploitation began at that point. Her case was reported to the police and immediately after she was accommodated in the Vatra Shelter. There, she was not only provided with the required support services, but also had the opportunity to devote herself to her passion for styling clothes. Sara demonstrated her excellent skills in the tailoring classes and she was picked up for a potential investment. Assisted by Vatra, she managed to open her own studio.

“My life has totally changed. It’s still early days, and I’m having trouble keeping up with the bills, but the work is getting better. For the first time, I am certain that even when I am alone, I can take care of myself,” says Sara.

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