The Gambia
Lamin has an ardent passion for welding and has gathered over 20 years of experience in the trade. During his leisure time, Lamin likes playing football and spending time with his young family.
Lamin Beyai had a booming welding workshop, with nine young people working under him as apprentices before he was influenced to leave it behind and travel through the 'backway.' While in Libya, Lamin joined a welding workshop and made some money sufficient for him to take care of his basic needs. Upon his return to The Gambia in December 2019, Lamin returned to work at a welding workshop. Today, he has four people working under him and wishes to expand his business to produce bigger products for sale.

Returned migrants play a central role as Volunteers in the development, planning and implementation of the Migrants as Messengers campaign.

Through their stories, the learnings from their migratory experiences and their creativity, MaM Volunteers are the principal authors and actors of the campaign. From 2019-2022, a community of more than 300 volunteers across 7 countries will develop and grow. This community will also have access to diversified training and capacity-building opportunities and be invited to regular activities to support the development of an organic and sustainable community. Female engagement plays an important role within the MaM Volunteer community as they will take the lead in shaping women-to-women dialogue sessions and engaging female audiences more generally.

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