Ms Salome, aged 27, was living in Greece with her mother for more than 5 years when she decided to return in Georgia due to financial issues.
Her plan was to open a after school day care centre for children unlike the usual ones, where children will be involved in various creative and artist activities; not just a place only for reading school books. This plan, which was just an idea for many years, was impossible to be implemented due to financial restraints. However, through the reintegration assistance in kind of IOM Greece, the returnee finally managed to implement her plan with success in her home town, Kutaisi. The after school day care centre opened in November 2017. Fairytales, drawing, reading and TV documentaries or cartoons (depending on the age group) are just some of the activities with which she keeps the children busy. Ms Salome is being assisted by her sister, Sophie, who is also very experienced in this area. The care centre profits approximately 430 GEL per month, while the school fees are usually 50 GEL per month for every child who is registered in the centre. Beneficiary mentions that the monthly income is very satisfying and is sufficient enough in order to make savings as well.
Ms Salome and her sister Sophie expressed their gratitude towards IOM Greece since this business plan could never be a reality without the Reintegration assistance of IOM. Their near-future plan is to extend the centre, as work is gradually increasing.
The project "The implementation of Assisted Voluntary Returns including Reintegration measures" (AVRR) is co-funded 75% by Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and 25% by Greek Ministry of Interior.