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Promoting self-reliant livelihoods of Syrian under Temporary Protection (SuTP) and host communities through provision of skills trainings and productive assets

Promoting self-reliant livelihoods of Syrian under Temporary Protection (SuTP) and host communities through provision of skills trainings and productive assets

Full title of the project:

Promoting self-reliant livelihoods of Syrian under Temporary Protection (SuTP) and host communities through provision of skills trainings and productive assets

Target areas:

Izmir, Sanliurfa and Mardin provinces

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 714 286
31/03/2019-30/03/2020
Project code:
OSRO/TUR/902/JPN
Objective:

To improve the economic self-reliance and resilience of target beneficiaries and their families.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; İzmir Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry; GAP Agricultural Research Institution; Sukraan Association for Supporting Economic, Agricultural Development and Social Life; and Association for Aid and Relief Japan.

Beneficiaries reached:

143 people.

Activities implemented:
  • Trained 143 people (81 percent women and 51 percent SuTPs) on vocational skills through intensive training programmes that utilized theoretical and on-the-job training modalities.
  • Trained 48 people on fishing net production and repair, 20 people on stuffed-mussel production, 45 people on open field vegetable production, and 30 people on olive-oil soap production.
  • Trained beneficiaries on complementary livelihood skills, including workplace health and safety, food hygiene and Turkish language for SuTPs.
  • Hosted job fairs for 70 training programme graduates, linking beneficiaries with potential employers and providing tutorials on work permit application procedures for SuTPs.
  • Trained 45 beneficiaries on business development skills, covering financial management; marketing and sales; and business networking and planning.
  • Established a women’s cooperative for vegetable production, with the participation of 15 beneficiaries, providing them with technical support and inputs, including 100 000 pepper seedlings, four irrigation systems and enough fertilizer and pesticides to cover 6 ha of land.
  • Established a women’s cooperative with ten Syrian and ten Turkish women specializing in stuffed-mussel production and established a production facility.
  • Established a workshop for soap production for an existing women’s cooperative composed of 30 women (15 Syrian and 15 Turkish).
  • Trained 109 beneficiaries on healthy diets, nutrition and prevention of chronic diseases.
Impact:
  • Empowered women to become entrepreneurs in agri-food businesses, improving beneficiaries’ vocational skills and enhancing their employment opportunities, with 48 percent obtaining new sources of income.
  • Enabled 15 women to produce 45 tonnes of eggplant, 36 tonnes of red bell peppers, 36 tonnes of cucumbers, 14 tonnes of pumpkins, 13 tonnes of jute and 12 tonnes of tomatoes to sell, with each woman earning TRY 16 000 (USD 2 045) per year, of which part was reinvested into their farms, creating a sustainable livelihood for each.
  • Enabled 20 women to produce and sell 900 kg to 2 tonnes of stuffed mussels per month, with each earning roughly TRY 1 000 (USD 125) per month.
  • Enabled 30 women to sell and produce olive-oil soap to earn around TRY 70 (USD 9) daily.
  • Enhanced social cohesion between Syrian refugees and Turkish community host members through the collaborative training modality and mixed women’s cooperatives.