A young Uyghur man (we’ll call him Luke) has successfully established a private primary school and tertiary training college providing training for 200 adult students. One of the classes taught is sewing. Luke plans to establish a sewing business to employ Uyghur seamstresses to manufacture clothing for sale in Turkey and abroad.
Textiles and clothing is a major business in Turkey so the infrastructure and skills are good. A point of difference will be designs influenced by the Uyghur culture and early clients will be Uyghur-owned clothing shops.
The business plan is completed and funding (from grants and loans) of about 100,000 Turkish Lira (TRY) is required. This equates to about NZD 12,000 or USD 8,100.
Video creation business
A young Uyghur man (we’ll call him Ed) has recently started a business on the side to create promotional and other videos for businesses. He is employed in a private media company and needs video equipment in order to develop his part-time business into a full-time business for himself and others.
Ed has the skills and technical experience already. He needs funding for equipment and business coaching to prepare and execute a business plan for his video venture.
The equipment costs is 50,000 Turkish Lira (TRY) which equates to about NZD 6,000 or USD 4,050.
Software development training
Information Technology is still a growth industry and software development training is a path to employment for Uyghurs in Turkey.
The Hira Foundation provides software development training courses for a cost of 6,000 Turkish Lira (TRY) for a 6-month course. That’s only NZD 720 or USD 490 per person.
Childcare subsidy for students
Tuition fees are not the only barrier to education for Uyghur women in Turkey. Childcare is needed but comes with a cost.
The Hira Foundation provides a range of employment-focused training courses including sewing and software development. The fee for childcare is 700 Turkish Lira (TRY) per month. That’s only NZD 84 or USD 58 per child per month.