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Economic Development > Season 06 > Mustafa Bektas

Date: 06.02.2015 (Season 6 - Episode 8)

A District is Changing – Mustafa Bektas

Sabanci Foundation Turkey’s Changemakers Program continues in its 6th season to share the unique stories of extraordinary people who contribute to the social development. The 8th Changemaker of the 6th season is Mustafa Bektas.

Nallihan Tourism Volunteers Association was established in 2005 under the leadership of Mustafa Bestas in Nallihan, a historical and natural district of Ankara, in order to protect, improve, determine and market the touristic, cultural and natural values of the district.

Under the leadership of Mustafa Bektas, guest houses and cultural centers were established in 9 different villages of Nallihan, - a district hosting the Nallihan Bird Sanctuary and Juliopolis Ancient City. The number of tourists coming to the district was increased from 1,700 to 72,000 as a result of the projects of the association. Nallihan Tourism Volunteers Association reanimated handcrafts of point lace and silk cocoon, which is already done by the women living in the district. The association made around 1,000 women to participate in employment. It revitalized the district while helping women to stand on their own feet.

Mustafa Bektas showed what a district can achieve with its own resources. He mobilized a district that has development potential with his own dynamics. He pioneered the marketing of the district. Thanks to his efforts, hundreds of people living in the district became better off financially. He made a big difference in his own life, as well as in the lives of people living in the district.

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