As thousands leave their home towns in Africa and take on the treacherous journey to Europe, Nigerian women in particular are greatly exposed to the threat of human traffickers.

For those who escape the daily exploitation of this modern day slavery, settling into life in Italy can present a multitude of challenges.

With the financial and hands-on support of Help Refugees, Donne Di Benin City helps women make that difficult step and overcome some of the difficulties they face afterwards.. Empowering previously trafficked women by enabling entrepreneurship avenues through micro-farming and catering, this Nigerian-led social enterprise aims to create opportunities that will offer the economic independence so difficult for African women to achieve in Sicily.

By growing a variety of vegetables in a local allotment, they are able to work together towards a tangible goal; selling their fresh produce in the market and preparing traditional Nigerian meals for homesick girls and local events.

Alongside this, Donne di Benin City offer an essential support service for girls and women who have been trafficked to Italy. By running a drop-in centre they provide a safe and confidential space where women can come and seek advice, talk about their situation, get practical assistance with things like clothing, hospital appointments and legal support.

For Nigerian women who face many challenges in Sicilian society, running this kind of project helps them to take ownership in the process of overcoming these barriers and taking considerable steps in enabling their own integration.

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