BIKAD Kitchen and Café of Women

BIKAD Kitchen and Café of Women

Turkey
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

BIKAD Kitchen/Cafe is a small business run by women. It serves in production and service sectors. Women produce traditional bakery products and sell them in the open bazaar, the markets and 2 cafes owned by BIKAD. 17 women own the business as 13 in the production and 4 in the cafes.

About You
Organization:
Biga Women Environment Culture and Enterprise Cooperative
Section 1: About You
First Name

Ayse

Last Name

Temiztas

Website
Country

, CKL

Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

Organization Name

Biga Women Environment Culture and Enterprise Cooperative

Organization Phone

0090 286 316 00 63

Organization Address

M. Hamdi Erdem sok. No:9/B Biga / Canakkale

Organization Country
How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, CKL

Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

The project is planned and implemented by women who started from their own needs. The project consists of a business run by 17 women. The business includes food-processing and marketing activities. It changed women’s life from home to the community while they earn income, take decisions for running/ developing the business, make connections with the collaborators and the customers and sharing their experiences. By various training opportunities, women build capacity and skills to be used both in daily, community and business life.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

It is a known fact that the women can participate into the economic life on limited level and this situation also results with the lack of social participation and exclusion. Because of this, activities aiming to empower women should integrate economic and social aspects. This project created and implemented by women forms a tool which supports them economically and socially. Women’s earning income improves their situation first at home then in the community. While developing the business from a small production group into a small-scale food processing-marketing enterprise, women took their own decisions, had dialogue with the local authorities and the community and gained self-confidence. They faced problems and got over them by creating solutions themselves in cooperation with various local parties. Women who were uneducated, didn’t get out of home and didn’t work are now the business owners. They gained skills which they also can use in their daily lives and share with the others. Besides; the women share their experiences with other women and the business forms a model for low-income women groups.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

Our district has approximate population of 30.000 people and there are 118 villages and towns. Its economics mainly based on agriculture. As a result of many reasons as mainly the increase in the agricultural production inputs and low government support, many rural families became unemployed. And this affected the district economics as well. Because there is almost non employment opportunity beside agricultural ones, the family budgets were damaged too. Even the women whose working weren’t welcomed have started to search for employment opportunities. Most women have been doing income generating activities at home steadily in order to overcome their economic problems. And this situation cause the women who were not getting out of their homes to create a business for themselves and to put their ideas, wills and efforts together for this. Then cooperative aiming to empower low-income women socially and economically was established. And because the women had already skills and experience and the business didn’t require much investment, bakery production was designated as the most appropriate collective work. Besides; because the products were handmade, natural and hygienic, there would be many marketing opportunities. As a result the business was started by women.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

The Cooperative;
- implements a project aiming to raise the capacity of the business by improving technology of the equipment. As a result; energy consume and costs will decrease and the production capacity will increase,
- negotiates with supermarket chains to market the products on wider level,
- renewed the products’ packaging to make the products more attractive for the customers,
- negotiates with the Municipality to provide a larger space for the production; it is aimed to move to a new, larger place in 6 months.
Besides, the women recently attended a training provided for micro-entrepreneur women to use internet in improving their business by FSWW. The cooperative aims to use internet to increase its marketing channels.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

In 1st year;
- The cooperative move its production into a larger place,
- small equipment will be serviced,
- the production capacity will be raised as twice,
- one supermarket chain will be cooperated.
In 2nd year;
- the production group will include more women,
- the production capacity, variety will be increased,
- production techniques will be improved,
- marketing channels will be increased.
In 3rd year;
- the production group will include more women,
- equipment with higher technology will be purchased,
- the production capacity, variety will be increased,
- production techniques will be improved,
- marketing channels will be increased.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$100 ‐ 1000

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

The project is a model for low-income women groups to start their own initiatives. Since there is a lack of the supportive mechanisms for women to start/sustain/develop their business, this project including the partnership with the local government (the production space is allocated by the Municipality) would be a model for the (central/local) governments to provide opportunities for women.

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

The business is owned by a non-profit cooperative which is established and run by low-income women. Therefore, the partnerships are essential for sustainability of the project. Local governments are partnered in providing a space for the business. The businesses are cooperated for marketing. The NGOs (other women cooperatives) are cooperated in experience, knowledge sharing.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

The cooperative has a monthly financial plan for the next year. It includes the costs and foreseen income. This plan is compared with the accountancy records at the end of every month. 22% of the profit is allocated for the cooperative for covering the expenses. The women are paid per day.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Our district has approximate population of 30.000 people and there are 118 villages and towns. Its economics mainly based on agriculture. As a result of many reasons as mainly the increase in the agricultural production inputs and low government support, many rural families became unemployed. And this affected the district economics as well. Because there is almost non employment opportunity beside agricultural ones, the family budgets were damaged too. Even the women whose working weren’t welcomed have started to search for employment opportunities. Most women have been doing income generating activities at home steadily in order to overcome their economic problems. And this situation cause the women who were not getting out of their homes to create a business for themselves and to put their ideas, wills and efforts together for this. Then cooperative aiming to empower low-income women socially and economically was established. And because the women had already skills and experience and the business didn’t require much investment, bakery production was designated as the most appropriate collective work. Besides; because the products were handmade, natural and hygienic, there would be many marketing opportunities. As a result the business was started by women.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

A group of low-income women who started the cooperative as well.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Personal contact at Changemakers

If through another source, please provide the information

Sarah Mintz

ICRW
Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Social norms, Economic or institutional constraints.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

The project (the business) is designed and implemented by low-income women. It provides them to earn income which leads them to improve their statue first at home and then in the community. The business also enables women to work in flexible shifts, so that they can easily adapt.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology training, Technology supply and distribution, Creation and maintenance of market linkages for women's economic outputs.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

Within this project, women take part in various stages of the technology lifecycle. They are the users of the technology from different aspects. They use equipment during production and they use ICT for marketing of the products and sharing experiences/knowledge with other women groups/ cooperatives. Besides; they support the distribution of technology by providing women computer/internet trainings.

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Low income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women., The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Non-profit/NGO/community-based organization, Women's organization.

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology.