SADA Women’s Cooperative has been selected as one of the most successful 100 initiatives of the world

The cooperative enables women to sell the items they produce and generate income out of it. Photo: Tayfuın Dalkılıç/UN Women
The cooperative enables women to sell the items they produce and generate income out of it. Photo: Tayfuın Dalkılıç/UN Women

SADA Women’s Cooperative has been established in March 2019 by 50 Syrian, Turkish and Afghan women beneficiaries of the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Center in the context of the ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Turkey’ project funded by the European Union, Governments of Japan and Iceland; implemented by UN Women Turkey in cooperation with Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants , and International Labour Organization . Producing in different fields as shoemaking, food, and textile, the cooperative has begun to receive its first orders.

Through the cooperative, women can now earn  income thanks to their improved skills through the trainings and services provided at the SADA Center. Supporting women’s empowerment, the cooperative enables women to produce and sell items like cloth bags, textile wares for the kitchen, aprons, leather bags and shoes. Conducting cooking workshops, which are supervised by one of the famous cooks of Gaziantep, Hanife Elçi, the SADA Women’s Cooperative also helps improve social cohesion by bringing together women from migrant and host communities.