Case Study

Spotlight On A Store: Bebemoss Part 2

“Imagine being in a new country without resources to provide for your family. Imagine wondering how you will afford to provide food for your children. While these are the stories of many women, we can help them together.”

          – Izabela Erşahin, Founder of Bebemoss

1. What is your name and where are you from?

I’m Rania Sharam from Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo, Syria

2. How long have you been working for Bebemoss?

I have been in Turkey for 5 years now and working for Bebemoss for 3.

3. How has your job at Bebemoss improved your life and the lives of your family members?

The work I do for Bebemoss allows me to earn additional income for me and my family and that helps my family a lot. My husband does not have permanent employment and my older son also has to work.

4. What would you like our readers to know about your experience working for Bebemoss?

Bebemoss is a very good company, and the owner of the company Mrs. Izabela is a wonderful woman. I have learned a lot of things, including cooperation and hard work.

5. How has your life changed since leaving your country?

I was looking for a job in Turkey, but I didn’t find the right job because of the language barrier. I can not leave my house and my kids for long hours. I got to know about Bebemoss and I found everything I was asking for; A job I was able to do from home while keeping an eye on my younger children.

6. What are you most thankful for in your new life in Istanbul? What is the hardest part of your new life there?

The things I’m thankful for in Turkey are that I’m far from the war and the sounds of explosions and my children are safe. But life is difficult here. Prices of houses and food are high and it is very hard to find good jobs.

7. Do you still have family members living in your country or did they all leave as well? If some stayed there, do you ever speak with them? What do they say about their life there?

My mother and father are still in Syria. I talk to them, but very little because of the weak communication. They tell me about their bad situation where there is no electricity, no water, no communication, no gas, no work, and high prices.

8. What would you like our readers and the world to know about the situation in your country? Do you think you will be able to and want to go back in the future?

Of course I want to go back to my country but now it is very difficult, especially because I have no home since it was demolished by war. I want readers to know that my little country was heaven for me and now it’s not.

The Roman Theater in Bosra, Syria

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1. What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Sameera and I am from the countryside near Damascus, Syria.

2. How long have you been working for Bebemoss?

I have been working for Bebemoss for 2 years.

3. How has your job at Bebemoss improved your life and the lives of your family members?

I am so glad that I started working for this company as I was feeling very isolated, lonely and we needed work and money.

4. What would you like our readers to know about your experience working for Bebemoss?

This job despite not turning our lives around is a great support and a way for me to be able to earn some money. I have never worked before and I don’t think I would be able to find any jobs besides this one.

5. How has your life changed since leaving your country?

Before the war in my county life was not easy but we were happy we felt like we had a feature to build, dreams and expectations. During the war it was horrible all the tank shells attacks death all around we were always afraid of arrests. During the siege, there was no food no water no electricity…

6. What are you most thankful for in your new life in Istanbul? What is the hardest part of your new life there?

Despite life being very difficult in Istanbul I am very grateful for feeling safe. And my children adapted too.

7. What would you like our readers and the world to know about the situation in your country? Do you think you will be able to and want to go back in the future?

We are dreaming to go back to our country, but we think it won’t be possible. For now, what we want is for our children to build a life. We do not think we will ever be able to go back. The situation is just too bad there

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Marjeh Square in Damascus, Syria

1. What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Hediye Takala. I am 52 years old and from Damascus, Syria. I came to Turkey 3 years ago. My husband is in Damascus, I’m here with my kids. I don’t know anything about my husband’s situation.

I have a lost son, he’s in prison. They arrested my kids before but they released them. I was afraid my kids would be arrested again, so I sent them to Turkey, then I followed them.

2. What are you most thankful for in your new life in Istanbul? What is the hardest part of your new life there?

My situation here is fine. However, living costs are too high, food is very expensive. I barely see my kids, they work all day to provide for us.

3. How has your job at Bebemoss improved your life and the lives of your family members?

Me working for Bebemoss helps to contribute to everyone’s effort.

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panoramic view of Istanbul, Turkey

Saliha Dedeoğlu (From Turkey)

Hi, I’m Saliha Dedeoglu. I’m 39 years old, have been married for 20 years, and have 2 children. I never worked as I had to take care of my kids. During this time, I spent my time making cheesecloths, lace, and knitting. I’ve been taking care of my husband’s mother for 2 years now and that has gotten me even more tied up at home. I joined the Bebemoss family and started to knit the stuffed animals. I now have my own income and have been knitting various toys for about 7 months. I am grateful to Bebemoss who have been the pioneers for all of us who have done this work, and for their smiling faces and support during the process. It makes me very, very happy to produce these adorable characters that I love. With each one, I think that they will be the best friend of a small child somewhere on the other side of the world. I have a job that I love doing. Thanks to the Bebemoss family who gave me this job …

Turkan Guler Tunali (from Turkey)

Hello, I’m Turkan Guler Tunali. I have two children and I am 33 years old. In November 2017 I was introduced to the Bebemoss family through the help of my friends. When I first met Bebemoss team members I was treated like a dear friend and not a stranger. Then I started to produce toys after joining the toy trainings. Thanks to the Bebemoss family, I contribute to the budget of my home. I am very happy to have joined the Bebemoss family and I am very grateful they accepted me. Thanks to Bebemoss, many housewives like m can earn income without neglecting our home and children. God bless the Bebemoss family.

Istanbul, Turkey at night featuring Hagia Sophia

Read Part 1 of the Bebemoss Story