is a small label for textiles and accessories and is part of our sewing project in our Community Center in Izmir. With this project, we would like to give women the opportunity to regain their dignity and give them a chance to be able to stand on their own feet and to shape their own life independently. For most of the women living in Izmir, who lost their husbands during the war, life is very hard and heavy. Many women live in confined spaces in one or two rooms, together with often 4-5 children, to overpriced rents. For many of the women the way to prostitution is usually pre-programmed. By producing and selling bags and backpacks, we can help these women on their way into a dignified and independent life and give them such a chance. Currently, we have three women and a tailor at our Community Center in Izmir. While the women are working, their children are taught in our school or supervised in our children’s day-care center.
is a craft collective situated inside Small Projects Istanbul (SPI), a Turkish NGO attending the ConAction Conference, which focuses on creating community, developing skills, mentoring youth and providing livelihood support to displaced Syrians making a new home in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Displaced Syrian women design and handcraft each pair as an expression of their individual experience, heritage, and spirit. Through participation in Small Project Istanbul's Women's Skills Development Program, craft collective members have access to Turkish and English language support to ease the difficulties of social integration. Additionally, basic business skills alongside computer classes are fostering the empowerment of the group, towards a future where their lives are in their own hands. In the short term, the project allows the collective to earn a living, supporting their families. Each pair is a display of creativity and design; a story told through the eyes of the person behind it. Making the earrings provides space for community building, artistic expression and enables the women to rediscover their self-value. Handcrafted in Istanbul. Fostering empowerment | Celebrating creativity
ReVi supports 30+ women in Izmir through our knitted products or seed bead bracelet programs. The idea is to help these families to complement their income for a small amount of work per week from home. So they can still devote most of their time to take care of their children. Each woman can make up to 10 bracelets per week. What we pay is enough to cover their monthly rent. This program is extremely important to these families because jobs are very uncertain in Turkey. The husbands usually need to change jobs without much notice, and sometime don’t get paid for weeks. So, we have heard from many families how crucial our programs were in helping them during those difficult times. Our plan is to transition some of the families into creating their own brand and set of products. We would help them with sales, but slowly they would take more control of their business: they’d buy the materials, take photos for the online store, package and take orders to the post office.
In order to facilitate a regular and above-average income for single refugee women, Imece Inisiyatifi has started a sewing and tailoring project consisting of two branches. Firstly, a tailor workshop in Izmir, where refugee tailors can use the sewing machines and materials. Furthermore, trainings are offered in this workshop to women who have little experience in sewing. Secondly, refugee mothers who have to take care of their children receive donated sewing machines and materials to work from home. The main goal is to empower single refugee women and pave a way for them to become more economically independent from external support. Some women, who previously were living on the streets are now able to afford the rent for housing. At the moment, the main products are the supportBags in different designs which are mainly sold within Europe. There are plans to expand the designs and offer a more diverse range of products in the near future.
Gyalpa stands for fair business! We buy handmade products from the people who make them. Currently, we are working with Syrian, Palestinian, Turkish and Egyptian women, to bring their beautiful original handmade products to Europe. Our goal is to empower and support women by giving them a fair place to sell their products. In paying fair prices for their products, we hope to pave their way towards a life of financial independence. Gyalpa is a for-profit organization, with social responsibility. All profits are distributed directly to care fully selected NGOs, producers in war-torn countries, or to refugee camps-in Turkey, Jordan or Lebanon. We started Gyalpa because we have a better future. But we also know that it is too much. Gyalpa's goal is to give them access to European markets, enabling them to support their families, without threats to their personal security. We work closely with our suppliers. That way, we can order large volumes, providing them with even more financial security. Today Syria, tomorrow, the world. We work as cost-efficient as possible. Most of our German co-workers are volunteers. You can be sure, in buying products from Gyalpa are buying something uniquely handmade. We also run a non-profit NGO named Gyalpa eV which supports cultural and educational projects for women and children.