In 2018, the LIFE Project built creative solutions to challenges facing refugees and their host communities using an interest everyone shares: food. LIFE Project programming created a space for Turkish and refugee food entrepreneurs to build sustainable livelihoods and develop social and economic ties in their communities.
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.”
“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.