HM King Mohammed VI launched, on Wednesday in Salé, the support program for micro-projects and self-employment for ex-convicts (Ramadan 2014), a new example of the sovereign's solicitude for this social segment.
Initiated by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the reintegration of detainees for an amount of 4.5 million dirhams, this program will benefit nearly 230 former inmates from the cities of Tangiers, Marrakech, Fez, Agadir, Taroudant, Rabat, Kénitra, Oujda, Laayoune, Boujdour, Sidi Kacem and Mohammedia.
This action mirrors the special interest HM the King takes in the future of prisoners and his steadfast resolve to ensure their adequate social and vocational integration once released.
It also shows the insightful royal vision seeking to reinforce security within society, fight delinquency, reduce the number of prisoners and the rate of recidivism and create income-generating jobs to improve the living conditions of people who once were outlaws.
The support program for micro-projects and self-employment for ex-convicts (Ramadan 2014) will consist of providing financial support or equipment for former inmates with projects elaborated on the basis of a diagnosis made during detention with the help of the department of preparation for reintegration, in harmony with the beneficiaries' training and know-how, as well as with the requirements of the job market.
The said program is part of the integrated strategy of socio-vocational integration which enabled, in 2013, to hire 3,142 former prisoners by citizen enterprises, support the setting up of 53 SMEs/SMIs and help carry out 729 micro projects in the different sectors.
On this occasion, HM the King handed checks for financial support as well as equipment to the ex-convicts who have projects of income-generating jobs in the region of Rabat.