Thank you for the support you have provided to KEDV. We will be closing the project at GlobalGiving; however, our work in Turkey on increasing the resilience of refugee and local women is continuing. We have been supporting the joint initiativws of the refugee and local women to overcome the negative impacts of Covid-19 and build their resilience against the aftershocks. We are establishing solidarity/self-support groups to identify and monitor the community needs and to bridge the community members with the relevant programs and services as well as responding emergent, vital needs, and strengthen women's collective economic initiatives to ensure their survival and sustainability.
We are raising funds fort his program through other channels and that is the main reason for closing the project at GlobalGiving. Please keep on supporting KEDV and following our work through GlobalGiving, our website and our social media accounts.
Aug 4, 2020
Solidarity with micro entrepreneur women
By Didem Demircan - Coordinator
After our last report on April 7th, due to the pandemic, the Turkish government started to impose lockdowns on 31 metropolitan cities on the weekends in addition to previously imposed restrictions on the movement between cities and lockdowns for people under 20 and over 65 years of age. State announced economic stimulus packages for the private sector; however, these did not provide any support for micro and small enterprises or self-employed except for postponing tax payments and providing loans. People who were already receiving state aid got cash transfer; but this did not include people who were out of economic activity due to the pandemic.
As the economic activities of the micro-entrepreneur women we work with almost stopped, to support them, we postponed their loan payments from April to June. During this period, we continued to contact all our borrowers every week and provided information on the pandemic, prevention methods and what they need to do in case of a suspicion; provided support to the vulnerable ones (elderly and sick); and shared updated information on the economic support the government is providing to the low income citizens and entrepreneurs. We started collecting repayments in June and will start loan disbursements in August. Thanks to our donors through GlobalGiving since April 2020, we were able to carry out this solidarity program during the lock downs to increase the resilience of our borrowers.
Since June 2015, KEDV raised a total of USD10,544 through 161 donations through GlobalGiving. We still have a long way to reach our target of USD 70.000 to be able to support 200 low income women entrepreneurs and the need is even more as a result of the economic impacts of the pandemic. We would be grateful if you could continue to spread the word and share the project link in your networks.
Apr 7, 2020
Micro loans for businesses of low income women
By Didem Demircan - Coordinator
Thanks to our donors through GlobalGiving since July 2019, 6 more women in Eskisehir were able to get loans to invest in their micro businesses. The business supported included painting, knitting, selling clothing from home, selling cosmetics, producing wooden decorative items. While one of them was getting her 3rd loan, others were getting 6th, 7th,8th, 12th loans. The income that women earn from these businesses are, for most of them, the primary source of income. They mention that the loans provided to them are very important in sustaining and improving their businesses and this is the only source that they can borrow from.
Since June 2015, KEDV raised a total of USD10,149 through 147 donations through GlobalGiving and disbursed loans to 31 low income women for their micro businesses and gave financial literacy training to 15 women in addition to these 31. We still have a long way to reach our target of USD 70.000 to be able to support 200 low income women entrepreneurs. We would be grateful if you could continue to spread the word and share the project link in your networks.