Sevgi Koklu made the difficult decision to drop out of school at age 12 to give her seven younger brothers and sisters a chance for an education. Her family barely scraped by on a meagre income from her father’s periodic construction jobs in Van, a city of 500,000 people in the eastern reaches of Turkey.
An olive oil plant in Kilis, Turkey will bring new life into the olive industry while providing much needed livelihood opportunities to a community that has doubled in population due to the influx of refugees from neighbouring Syria.
Anila is one of 700 women who has received free legal aid and counselling services from the Civic and Legal Initiatives Centre. Each year, this centre provides free legal aid and representation in courts to around 120 vulnerable women across the country.