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The Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project supports and encourages entrepreneurship, job creation and cross-cultural engagement in the food sector. Through our entrepreneur incubation program, members build and grow successful food businesses and create sustainable livelihoods in Turkey. The program supports both refugees and host communities and is grounded in two Food Enterprise Centers (FEC), in Istanbul and Mersin.

Our Impact

  • More than 300  entrepreneurs successfully completed the food entrepreneurship incubation program, 69% of whom are women 

  • Over one half of members report gains in critical business skills including licensing, profit maximization, and product development

  • 84% of members attribute positive changes in their business ventures to their participation in the LIFE Project

  • More than $100,000 in seed funding awarded to over 35 food businesses through business pitch competitions

  • Over 1,000 food sector workers received Ministry of Education approved food sanitation certification