Ilk Adim Cooperative

Ilk Adim Cooperative

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

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Ilk Adim Cooperative is established by grassroots neighborhood women in 2004. It aims to improve the living standard of low-income women and children. It provides women to build/use leadership skills towards identifying and taking action for their needs and to use IT tools for becoming socially and economically active.

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

Gultan

Last Name

Bingol

Country

, IST

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

Yes

Organization Name

Ilk Adim Women Environment Culture and Enterprise Cooperative

Organization Phone

0090 212 294 44 79

Organization Address

Mah. Sedef Cad. Dogu Sok. No: 2 Muhtarlik Binası Yani Kagithane

Organization Country

, IST

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on
Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

The cooperative has a very important role in the neighborhood because it provides a common and “legitimate” space for women to get out their homes and become active in the community. The founders are a group of women having the same conditions with the target group. From its establishment to date, the cooperative have been serving for and with low-income women by assessing the needs regularly.
It provides multi-perspective opportunities/services for women.
Women can raise their capacity and gain skills to be used to in social life and for income generation; benefit from the services for the children which enable them to attend the cooperative activities. The Cooperative also has an IT Center which is open for women. Women are given IT trainings and can access computer and internet anytime they want.

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

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.

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?

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Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 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?

No

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

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

The cooperative is being financed by the projects and day care center incomes. Besides; the Municipality provides the space and utilities (like electricity, water etc.).

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

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.

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

Gultan Bingol was born in Mus in 1962. She migrated first to Izmit in 1987 because of political reasons, then to Istanbul in 1991 because of her husband's assignment. She first worked in a private kindergarden as a cook and as a babysitter. She had been thinking to do something for the women who couldn't go out of their home. Then she met with the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (FSWW) and took a step to establish a local women cooperative for creating opportunities with and for grassroots women in her neighborhood. She has been active within the cooperative to date.

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 supports low-income women to create solutions for their needs, raise capacity to be used in house, community and work life. It helps them to get out of their home and come together in a socially-legitimate place to become active in the community life. The beneficiaries are also given day care services, so that they can easily participate into the activities.

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.

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.

Ilk Adim Cooperative aims to support women in becoming active internet users. The women in the cooperative were given IT ToT by volunteer experts and an IT Center was formed by FSWW support. Now the women provide basic IT training for neighborhood women.

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..

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, For-profit, Government, Women's organization.

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

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