LIFE: Promoting Refugee Livelihoods in Turkey through Food Entrepreneurship (Turkey)
WDI is collaborating with a consortium led by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) on the Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) project, funded by the U.S. State Department. In addition to CIPE and WDI, consortium members include IDEMA, Union Kitchen and The Stimson Center. This project aims to develop sustainable livelihoods in the food sector for Syrian refugees, other refugees, and their host communities, providing entrepreneurs access to training, business support services, and mentorship at Food Enterprise Centers designed by the LIFE project. Working with Turkey-based partners, WDI led the development of an entrepreneurship curriculum composed of 25 modules. In February 2018, WDI conducted a train-the-trainer program in Turkey, training local trainers and consortium partners on how to deliver the curriculum to entrepreneurs. WDI also developed a curriculum to train food incubator personnel on how to build and manage the LIFE Food Enterprise Center, and conducted an in-person training which included a Business Model Canvas workshop. And finally, WDI conducted a mentorship environment assessment in Turkey and developed tools for establishing an entrepreneur mentoring program, which will be made available to all entrepreneurs enrolled in the training program.