Is it possible to favor new entrepreneurial initiatives and support the migrant women inclusion into the workforce?

Last week, the first part of the training course on entrepreneurship skills of the ARISE project ended up.

The first training cycle, composed by five workshops, was devoted to the discovery and development of the transversal skills, which are both useful and paramount to set up a successful business based on strong human bonds.

The participants to this training course are migrant and/or refugee women who live in the city of Palermo; their countries of origin span from Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco to Syria and Chile. What brought them together is the shared passion and will to open a business in Palermo. The vast majority would like to open a restaurant, so to make locals discover the receipts and tastes of their home countries, as well as try to create new and innovative mix with the local cuisine; others would like to open small shops to make and sell their traditional delicatessen, artisanal and local products.

Together with the trainer, they undertook a process of self-awareness, raising and strengthening of their already acquired competences:

  1. Analysing and sharing their fears, weaknesses and strengths;
  2. Focusing on their verbal communication skills, their body language expression and their active listening skills, while keeping in mind the importance that cultural differences play when we interact with people coming from countries and backgrounds which are different from our own;
  3. Working on team-work and smooth/efficient management of group dynamics, on how to best apply conflict resolution strategies and on how to spot natural leadership skills and attitudes both on others and on themselves;
  4. Drawing up the best strategies to master effective negotiation skills.

The learning flow was extremely smooth, organic and fully participative, it accounted for a great deal of active and passionate involvement for the women, who contributed and enriched the debates with their knowledge, their life experiences, opinions and suggestions.

The main goal of this first cycle of workshops was to provide the participants with a strong baseline upon which they will develop some more technical competences that are necessary to start up a business, indeed. During the second cycle of the training, a business coach will help them acquire all the tools to create a business model canvas, a sustainable business plan and the means to conduct the feasibility study and assessments prior their debut in the business market of Palermo.

The ARISE learning path is just at the beginning!

We wish our participants best luck and we truly hope that at the end of this project they will manage to make their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs a reality, for the sake of their own fulfillment and to enrich our city with their ideas and their ventures.

Arise – Appetite for Enterprise is financed by the DG Home Affairs of the European Commission through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).

The partnership of the ARISE project is composed by 6 organizations from 6 different countries:

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For further information, please contact Stefania Zanna,

The ARISE project has been funded with support from the European Commission, AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) Union Actions Programme.
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