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The dream of starting a business becomes reality

 A woman whose face is not recognisable is blow-drying another person's hair.
Working in her hairdressing salon has allowed Chaimae to rebuild self-confidence. She doesn’t want to reveal her identity for personal reasons.

The dream of starting a business becomes reality

Chaimae has turned her vocational dream into reality after returning to Morocco: the Moroccan-German Information Centre on Migration and Vocational Integration supported her in opening a hairdressing salon.

My name is Chaimae and I’m 22 years old. I come from Nador, a coastal city in north-eastern Morocco. I moved to Germany in February 2020 to be with my husband. But then came the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Life was difficult and we had serious marriage problems. I eventually moved in with a family friend. I didn’t speak much German, so I had difficulty communicating and couldn’t find a job.

I submitted an asylum application, but it was refused. I moved to an immigration and refugee centre in Dortmund, where I spent another year. I finally decided to return to Morocco voluntarily.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) got in touch with me even before my return in August 2021. It gave me a contact at a local association in Morocco. And the Foundation “Orient-Occident” then referred me to the Moroccan-German Information Centre on Migration and Vocational Integration (EIMA).

Advice on starting a career

I was looking for a new career opportunity. The EIMA initially enabled me to take part in an online course. There I learned about the career opportunities that are available to me and the best way to get back to work.

I originally trained as a nurse, but cosmetics are my passion. I worked together with the team of advisors at the EIMA to develop the idea for a hairdressing salon. The team arranged a course for me in Nador, which meant that I could qualify to become a hairdresser.

Equipment for my salon

The EIMA also helped me start up my business. They financed a package with the necessary equipment for me to get started. This included chairs, a hair styling station, lighting, mirrors, brushes and capes for haircutting.

Opening my hairdressing salon in September 2022 allowed me to regain my self-confidence. I currently work alone in my salon and everything is coming along well. I have some regular customers, but intend to expand my business. I’m planning to extend my product range and would also like to sell cosmetic products. That's always been my dream.

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Support with Chaimae’s new start

The following institutions helped Chaimae build a new life for herself in Morocco:

As of: 07/2023

Opening my hairdressing salon allowed me to regain my self-confidence.

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