Empowering mothers of the disabled children in Gultepe

Empowering mothers of the disabled children in Gultepe

Turkey
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
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Within the framework of the project; the mothers of the mentally disabled children produces accessories by using (domestic/industrial) packaging wastes, while their children benefit from special integration programs.

About You
Organization:
Umut Yolculari Cooperative
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Section 1: About You
First Name

Senem

Last Name

Gul

Country

, IST

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

Yes

Organization Name

Umut Yolculari Cooperative

Organization Phone

0090 212 264 2557

Organization Address

Harman Tepe Mahallesi Talat Paşa Caddesi Tan Sokak No:14 Gültepe-Kağithane/İstanbul

Organization Country

, IST

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, IST

Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

Umut Yolculari Cooperative provides low-income women social and economic capacity building opportunities by a different and integrated approach. While women collectively raise income by environment friendly practices, they also can benefit from various training programs. The cooperative also serves for mentally disabled children. While their mothers work/have trainings, children can attend/take part in education/play activities.

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

By this project;
- 26 low income women gained income generating skills,
- 26 low-income women earns income by producing purse of domestic/industrial packaging wastes,
- Environmental awareness is raised amongst the women and on neighborhood level,
- 20 disabled children benefits from the special integration program,
- Awareness on the disability is raised in the neighborhood.
The project targets the mothers of the disabled children and supports them by providing economic/social opportunities to get out of their homes. And the project also serves for the disabled children and meets them with special integration programs.

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

The neighborhood where the cooperative is located is one of the largest districts of Istanbul, Turkey. The population mostly consists of the domestic migrants with various ethnic backgrounds. Unplanned urbanization and poverty are the main problems as well as unemployment which also cause high crime rates. Women form almost half of the population. The main problems faced by women are limited social services, violence and family pressure. And the registered disabled population is about 12%.
The project aims the mothers of the mentally disabled children. Because their being have to take care of their children as well as their “traditional” responsibilities resulted from gender roles, these women can hardly get out their homes and cannot benefit from any social, economic or cultural opportunities. Therefore it is aimed to support these women in increasing their economic and social participation.
On the other hand, women have critical role in tackling with environmental challenges. Whether they live in urban or rural regions, they are the most vulnerable groups against these challenges. Because of their house/family care responsibilities, they are the important users of the natural resources. Besides; their roles as natural producers and teachers, they have a key role in providing sustainable live standards for the future. Therefore it is needed that the women should have awareness on environmental matters.
Besides; disability is perceived as a shame and being kept as a secret. This perception along with poverty results disabled children’s limited access to special services.

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

And the project generally aims to improve the living conditions of the low-income women with disabled children. The project is designed by considering the risks and measures to ensure the outcomes. The main risk was the participation of the target group; therefore the women are given opportunity to bring their children with them.
The project also aims to involve disabled women. However, unsuitable physical conditions prevent them to participate into the activities.

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

In the first year, it is aimed to increase the number of the women in the production group and the alternative capacity building programs will be given for these women as well as the other low-income from the neighborhood. And disabled women will be involved in the activities. Besides; it is aimed to develop new integration programs for children.
In the 2nd year, it is aimed to develop new products and find new marketing means. And the children benefiting from the integration programs will be followed and the impacts will be measured.
In the 3rd year, the target group will be expanded and new business fields will be created for women.

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?

If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

Approximately 150 words left (1200 characters).

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?

No

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

The project is linked with another project titled Cop(m)adam (can be translated as waste(wo)man) managed by Sabanci University in Turkey. The production activity is planned and started by this project and the cooperation still continues. Besides; bsinesses and NGOs are being collaborated for reaching different marketing channels for the products. Therefore the partnerships are very important to sustain and develop the project.

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

The project is financially supported by income come from the sales of the products. 5% of the profit is left for the cooperative expenses and the remaining is divided amongst the producers.

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

The neighborhood where the cooperative is located is one of the largest districts of Istanbul, Turkey. The population mostly consists of the domestic migrants with various ethnic backgrounds. Unplanned urbanization and poverty are the main problems as well as unemployment which also cause high crime rates. Women form almost half of the population. The main problems faced by women are limited social services, violence and family pressure. And the registered disabled population is about 12%.
The project aims the mothers of the mentally disabled children. Because their being have to take care of their children as well as their “traditional” responsibilities resulted from gender roles, these women can hardly get out their homes and cannot benefit from any social, economic or cultural opportunities. Therefore it is aimed to support these women in increasing their economic and social participation.
On the other hand, women have critical role in tackling with environmental challenges. Whether they live in urban or rural regions, they are the most vulnerable groups against these challenges. Because of their house/family care responsibilities, they are the important users of the natural resources. Besides; their roles as natural producers and teachers, they have a key role in providing sustainable live standards for the future. Therefore it is needed that the women should have awareness on environmental matters.
Besides; disability is perceived as a shame and being kept as a secret. This perception along with poverty results disabled children’s limited access to special services.

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

In Nurtepe, a poor and violent district of Istanbul characterized by large, clashing migrant populations, Senem has encouraged women to come together and, through education and skills training, form a cooperative that is pursuing improvements in their communities—including schools, playgrounds, parks, public transportation, walkways and more. Senem believes that success in neighbourhoods as culturally diverse and violent as Nurtepe can be a building block for empowering women and establishing effective citizen participation and improved governance at the regional and national level. Senem’s community centre model, called “First Step,” provides leadership training and workshops on such topics as communication and rights, health and nutrition, domestic violence, and how to best work with policemen. Women also learn how to write petitions to local authorities and practice how to negotiate with government authorities when the inevitable first answer they receive is “no.” Also included is a child development component, where children can learn and develop and become better prepared for entry into the school system. This gives women the free time and opportunity to learn and receive training for themselves, and develop action plans for specific community betterment issues.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

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Sarah Mintz

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

Economic or institutional constraints.

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

The project enables women to earn income by producing purses with packaging wastes.

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:

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 the project, purses produced by women are marketed and the project is financed by this income.

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?

Peri-urban, Low income.

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

It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., 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?

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

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women.

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