LIFE Entrepreneurs

Meet the Members: Zeinab, Bringing a Family Legacy from Syria to Turkey

Meet the Members: Zeinab, Bringing a Family Legacy from Syria to Turkey

Originally from Latakia, Syria, Zeinab studied fine arts and taught painting. Her father and uncle were well known Attars, people who extract natural essence from flowers and plants for health benefits. As a child, she was fascinated by how her father extracted flower essence: “We had a garden with lemon trees and we would gather the flowers of the lemon tree together to extract the essence [...] After he passed away, I carried on and started first distributing bottles of plant extracts in his honor, as he would have done if he was alive.

Meet the Members: Inam, Sharing her Culture and Building a Livelihood through Traditional Foods

Meet the Members: Inam, Sharing her Culture and Building a Livelihood through Traditional Foods

Before she learned about LIFE, Inam had already decided to take her cuisine to the local farmers’ market.

“I had been at the market for only five days, selling my Syrian style falafel from a two-meter-long table. Everyone came over to try it; they came back for seconds.”

Meet the Members: Fatma, a Yemeni Baker in Istanbul

Meet the Members: Fatma, a Yemeni Baker in Istanbul

“The LIFE Project mentors me and gives me direction,” she explained from the LIFE Food Enterprise Center in Istanbul.

Fatma joined the inaugural cohort of entrepreneurs for four months of incubation, during which she got a crash course in food entrepreneurship and navigating the regulatory environment in Turkey.