Strong Woman, Strong Cooperative

Project Summary
Grantee : S.S. Youth Work Scientific Research and Development Education Cooperative
Purpose : Increasing the capacity of cooperatives established by women, and supporting women's participation in all levels of economic and social life
Location : Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul, Isparta, Konya
Grant Amount : 153.340 TL
Project Partner : Impact Hub İstanbul
Period : 5 August 2019 - 31 December 2020
Status : Completed
Project Year : 2019


Social cooperative model, which aims to re-integrate neglected groups to the society by providing safe work environments, creates decent job opportunities by increasing the workforce capacity. In this regard, to support women's participation in economic and social life, women dense cooperatives and women partners must be strengthened.

Project Goals

  • Five cooperatives that are planned to support will be visited and trainings will be planned.
  • Learning modules about human rights and governance and financial sustainability will be created, materials will be prepared and will be applied to at least 20 women from each cooperative.
  • Mentorship educations will be carried out with 3 women from each cooperative and process will be monitored together.
  • Education content that are specified for needs of cooperatives will be prepared as booklet and will be shared with the partners.


  • After the needs analysis of the cooperatives that would benefit from the project, training modules consisting of a seven-day information package were prepared. The training booklet was published as open source.
  • A total of 72 women from five cooperatives were provided with capacity building and rights training.
  • The online mentoring workshop was implemented in seven sessions. A total of 15 partners from all cooperatives attended the workshops.


“A cooperative is a really strong association. Thanks to the training courses, we have recalled the details that we need to pay attention to, discussed the rules of being successful, and made new friends. All hail those brave women who have the courage and managed to found a cooperative...” A Member of the Cooperative who attended the Training

“The training has especially opened up our horizon regarding the cooperative management. It has given us different perspectives on problem solving between shareholders, fair task sharing, gender equality, etc. The most important thing is that it has enabled us to return to our inner selves and criticize ourselves.” A Member of the Cooperative who attended the Training

“The training has enabled us to attract the attention of the cooperative shareholders who were not that active. We have established an apparently improving environment of relationship between shareholders. This has improved our motivation making us look at the future with greater hope.” A Member of the Cooperative who attended the Training


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