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These are my last 3 sets of important questions for you and your team before the final review stage begins.

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your mentor on your idea?
1. Take a look at the law/ policy in the Netherlands for migrant women, and try to influence policy with your organization to improve the status of the women you work for. “There is still a lack of policy focus when it comes to the integration of migrant women. A recent briefing paper by the European Court of Auditors pointed out that many EU Member States lack policies specifically concerning female migrants.”
2. The mentor suggested to support women in several sectors, not only in hospitality
3. Our mentor was impressed by the impact we already reach and suggested to offer the programme in more municipalities (while we wrote this proposal we are expanding our programmes to Utrecht and Arnhem)

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your user on your idea? Michel has been interviewing women from our network the past few weeks, these are some of the ideas they came up with:
1. Work together as we are a village Bahija, Syria: I used to live in a village in Syria where the women depend on their husbands financially. I have no workexperience on the labour market. I want to be productive and use my skills. l feel comfortable when I do the work with other friends, women from a similar culture. It reminds me of the system I used to be part of in my village.

2. Peersupport reduces stress and anxiety Fatima, Iran: Stress and anxiety are a part of every day, I decided to make myself busy, this is the only way to relieve my stress. For me, the work at ABM helps me feel more grounded, more integrated, more independent, if we are not strong, we will lose ourselves.

3. Give women time to adjust in the host country Jina, Syria I am doing my best to understand the Dutch culture. Being involved in the Dutch labour market needs huge effort. A few months ago, I decided to leave ABM and be a chef in one of the restaurants from their network. I thought I have the capacity and the confidence to do it. Unfortunately, it was not easy for me, not easy for a Syrian woman who has never worked before. It was frustrating to work in a different culture. I was not ready. Now I am at home again.

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your expert on your idea?

1. To show the urgency of our idea, the expert has send us this compelling article,

2. Regarding innovative methods of teaching women Dutch, its fundamental to ensure the language learning encapsulated two things: 1.It "gamifies" the language learning process and 2.It is designed to integrate with daily cultural rituals of those women.

3. One really interesting and effective model the expert recommends to explore is the "cooperative model". Here is a case study of one such booming business in India that really helped women groups become decentralised entrepreneurs:

Dear Souad,
We start our trajectory with a voluntary fee on top of the welfare allowance they receive. The municapilty gives us permission. Once we think people are ready we place them in a paid job. At the moment we are hiring women ourselves who are not completely ready for the job market, but perfectly fine to be on our payrole. The paid job is for 7 months and after these 7 months we try to match them to a job outside our company. If you have any additional questions please dont hesitate to ask them. Love, Fleur

Thank you so much for your expert feedback. Itika, this is so valuable to us. We will keep you posted about our process. Lots of warm greetings from our team, and keep up the good work,