Afyonkarahisar Business Women’s Association (AFIKAD) is a non-profit association established on November 30, 2015, with the efforts of 10 entrepreneurial women who have diverse occupations and members of Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Commerce and Industry Women Entrepreneurs Board and has 30 members by now. It is established based on the detection of the absence of a non-governmental organization for disadvantaged and working women in Afyonkarahisar.
The main priority of AFIKAD is to get in touch with disadvantaged women who have left school early ages or have worked for very low fees or have disabilities or socially inactive due to his family duties and to educate and support them in developing their life standards, social life and working conditions. The aim of AFIKAD is to develop the quantity and quality of women in the business world in Afyonkarahisar. Bringing women who have found their own business or considering to establish their own business or employed in any private sector or public sector under a single roof, we want to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, find solutions to their sectoral problems, organize activities such as training, seminars, and conference in order to raise awareness in employment, offer them mentoring services and national recognition. AFIKAD will serve women in our province by carrying out sustainable activities in cooperation with the public sector, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and universities.
First project of AFIKAD was “Hand in Hand Mother and Child in Workforce” for the young people with disabilities and their psychologically deformed mothers, employed was accepted by the Department of Associations of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Turkish Republic. There were nine offical partners in this project include Governorate of Afyonkarahisar, Municipality of Afyonkarahisar, Republic of Turkey Afyonkarahisar Labor Agency, KOSGEB, Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Afyonkarahisar Commodity Exchange, Afyonkarahisar Insurance Agencies Association (AFSAD), Afyonkarahisar Canyetkin Special Education and Rehabilitation Center and American Culture Language Courses. Training and activities that was given to 120 disadvantaged women in this project are practical entrepreneurship, basic english, basic computer skill,knitting, housekeeping, basic measure skill, elemental diction skill, cooking, basic wait staff, elemental insurance seminars and social integration seminars.