Every once in a while, a life-changing event leads an entrepreneur to a brilliant idea that could one day give birth to a highly profitable product or business. For most business owners, the primary goal is to make the most profit. For Izabela Erşahin, selling products is not the main reason for being in business. Instead, her business is committed to helping.
Erşahin founded BEBEMOSS, LLC – a company that makes handcrafted toys for children. While going through a difficult pregnancy, the mother of three turned to knitting toys as a way to meditate and cope with anxiety. This inspired her to help refugee and underprivileged mothers be integrated into Istanbul’s job market and provide sustainable jobs with fair pay. According to the founder, Turkey has a high percentage of unemployed women.
Many of the mothers the company has employed are Syrian refugees who are struggling to rebuild their lives after fleeing their war-torn country. “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.” says Erşahin.
The company’s beautifully handcrafted toys are made with locally sourced GOTS-certified organic cotton yarn. Every toy provides a fair trade income to a mother in need. The mothers can choose to work in the workshop which has a play area for their children or work from home. They can choose to work in as many or little hours as they please.
For these mothers, having sustainable employment has given them the chance to provide more opportunities for their children and keep them in school. Each one of them is proud of being able to support their families financially.
For more information on BEBEMOSS and its products, visit https://bebemoss.com/.
About BEBEMOSS, LLC
BEBEMOSS, LLC is a US company that specializes in organic handcrafted toys for children. Founded by social entrepreneur Izabela Erşahin, who designs the toys and also runs the Turkey-based social enterprise, the company manufacturing the toys and dedicated to providing employment to underprivileged mothers.