Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
Ilk Adim Cooperative;
- gives capacity building trainings like leadership/organizing for grassroots women,
- has an IT Center where women can access computer and internet as they want and attend IT trainings,
- acts as a platform where women can develop dialogue with decision-makers for covering their own, families’ and neighborhood’ needs,
- provides guidance for women who are exposed to domestic violence,
- provides early child care/education services for low-income families.
The cooperative has served app. 5.000 women and 1.000 children to date.
Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing
Nurtepe is located in one of the most low-income districts of Istanbul, Turkey. The main problems of the region are infrastructure problems, the lack of social services and social, economic, cultural opportunities. The women are the most vulnerable group against these problems. Since the most of the population is domestic migrants, alienation is another problem of women which results as isolation. This along with being uneducated lower their self-confidence. Starting from this point, a group of women established the cooperative to create a space for grassroots women where they can come together, create solutions for their problems. To date Cooperative has been serving as to the needs of the women in the neighborhood.
Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?
The Cooperative aims to reach all women in the neighborhood, therefore the women implements surveys by house visits to determine the number of the potential beneficiaries and to identify their needs. And the Cooperative plans to start a business to provide income for women and sustainability of the activities as well. The women now arrange meeting with the corporate volunteers, entrepreneurs to decide on the details of the business.
Besides; the cooperative will continue to provide capacity building trainings, services for children and to run IT Center.
Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible
The number of the beneficiaries to be reached in next 3 years is;
- 1500 women
- 200 children.
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?
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