Case Study from Spain: Meeting with Hemily

Case Study from Spain: Meeting with Hemily


In the framework of WP2, Fundacion ONCE met with Hemily, a WISE worker.

Hemily is a woman from Honduras who has been living in Spain for two years. She moved to Spain with her husband and daughter – a baby at that time – fleeing from gang violence and seeking a better future for her family. She was through very hard times due to her irregular administrative situation. Right upon arrival in Spain she found out that finding a job being undocumented was going to be pretty difficult. When she went to the municipal Social Services, she was recommended to leave her CV with a few social enterprises. She was soon contacted by a Social Initiative Cooperative, where she felt immediately at home: ‘In this enterprise you stop feeling excluded’. Since she started working there six months ago, she does cleaning services at private homes, according to the work schedule she is sent by her coordinator. She meets regularly with the support team. As he was a teacher in her home country, the support staff is advising her on the procedures to validate her university degree and providing her with information about education courses she can apply for. Her shifts are accommodated so that she can attend regional language courses for free at a language school provided by the enterprise. ‘I’m very happy. In this enterprise, we are much more than workers; we are persons.’

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Het B-WISE project (Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills in Work Integration Social Enterprises, blauwdruk voor sectorale samenwerking inzake vaardigheden van sociale ondernemingen voor arbeidsintegratie) is een Erasmus+ project dat gecoördineerd wordt door EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities) met de steun van ENSIE (European Network for Social Integration Enterprises).