Turkey's Changemakers: B-Fit sports center encourages women to become entrepreneurs
The new Changemaker of Sabanci Foundation’s Turkey’s Changemakers Program is Bedriye Hülya who established the b-fit sports center franchise in Turkey which was designed especially for women members.
By giving the women a chance to establish their own business Bedriye Hülya also encourages these women to do physical exercise. B-fit sports centers that offer franchising and working opportunities only to women especially aim at including the socially disadvantaged groups into life by the means of sports and entrepreneurship.
Today approximately 216 women from different parts of Turkey take part in the business life as B-Fit entrepreneurs. The Women Health and Sports Association which was founded within b-fit also supports these women entrepreneurs and the training center called “Academy Lima” gives trainings to all women in b-fit in order to support their self-improvement and increase their quality of life.
The women can also get certificates after participating in the trainings on “Effective Domestic Communication Methods” in the academy. Moreover, every year a franchising congress is organized for women participants and in this congress the every franchise representatives come together to share their success stories.
The effect created by Bedriye Hulya is not limited to Turkey. Selected as an Endeavor Turkey Entrepreneur, Bedriye Hulya was cited as one of Turkey’s Steve Jobs in the speech made by the Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden.