EU Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut visited Our Village (Bizimköy)

6 July 2022

Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut visited Our Village Production Center For Disabled, made observations and received information about the production in the center

Our Village Production Center for Disabled, a social responsibility project of Kocaeli Chamber of Industry (KCI), hosted an important guest. KCI Chairman of the Executive Board Ayhan Zeytinoğlu together with Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut who came to our province to make several contacts and their retinue visited Our Village. Chairman Zeytinoğlu showed the guests around the production units and informed them about the production process of the center. General Manager of Our Village Hüsnü Bayraktar, Begüm Okçu, who is an official of the Metraco company which produces textile for brands renowned worldwide from the center and KCI Deputy Secretary General Egemen Mert accompanied Chairman Zeytinoğlu and Ambassador Landrut on their visit.


Impressed by the size and the working areas of the Our Village Production Center of Disabled, which is comprised of 136 disabled and 370 non-disabled a total of over 500 employees, Ambassador Landrut commented “Transformation of an activity which started as a small EU Project to an operation this size is very impressive”. Ambassador Landrut also added that it’s pleasing to see employment of both disabled and non-disabled people together and 60% of workforce being comprised of women. After closely examining the textile products manufactured at Our Village and touring the mushroom production unit Ambassador Landrut expressed his pleasure and congratulated all partners notably KCI for developing this Project.