Choosen one of the best 100 project in the World in Hong Kong

by "Global Institute For Tomorrow"


The Other Hundred Entrepreneurs


Dear Aydin,

It is my pleasure to inform you that your entry has been chosen by our judges as one of the winning entries for The Other Hundred Entrepreneurs. Congratulations on making it to the final 100 again this year! 

Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you!

Warm Regards,

Adeline Heng

Project Manager, The Other Hundred       

"Thank you all for your overwhelming response and support of the project! This year we received close to 9,000 images from more than 130 countries. It was not an easy task, picking just 100 stories from all the great work that we received, we are however excited to finally be able to share the results with you! These 100 photo stories celebrate the diverse range of activities that everyday entrepreneurs from all around the world engage in and we are thrilled to be able to include them in this year's book. Congratulations to all our 100 winners and thank you all for your participation. The sheer variety of ideas, professions and stories sent in from all over the world was both astonishing and humbling."


Musicianship or recycling job?

Istanbul / Turkey

Gypsies are a major group in "others" category in every country of the world.  Many of us  judge and convict them in our minds with our prejudices. I think this culture can teach us a lot. Gypsies seem to hold on to their freedom,  they know how to be content with simple things and the beauty that nature provides.  Their close-knit family and community structure provides them with a sense of security.  It would be a good thing for the rest of us to become acquainted with such a culture.

Jobs is not so much in this society living daily. Difficult to find a job.  Collecting recyclable materials and to be a musician are most important economic occupations in big cities. Gypsy musicians who plays clarinets are respectable people in their own communities. Orchestras are created by them. Weddings and other events organizers try to reach out to these people.

In 2011, during the "Gypsy and Wedding" work I meet a young clarinetist. His name was Kerem. He was playing the clarinet to his wife before their wedding  to relieve. It was interesting for me and I took an image. 2 years later I visited Kerem's family again and saw had a son. Little brother Sahin had started to play the clarinet. He is currently in a basic education student. His aim is to be a good musician like his brother.

Kerem is doing solo music in weddings and henna nights. His daily earning is around 100 dollars. This is a good earning for the Gypsy community. But not constantly, usually on the weekends between May and September.  But he have to spend a portion of the money to buy more powerfull equipment for his little orchestra. Thus, more will be sought for the ceremonies.  Kerem's  aim is to be recognized more with more music to increase his income. Perhaps in this way, He will have opportunity to live in a house belonging to him with his wife and children.

Mother begins to work with recycling goods during the week. She does not need a beginning capital Every morning before sunrise, she goes to the garbages of surrounding streets and collects paper, plastic. She carry them to in front of the house with wheelbarrow.  She classify them till noon time and sells. She earns 15-20 dollars for a day. She defines herself as environmentalists.

All these earnings have to be enough for 6 people sharing the same house.


Listen Ederlezi from Goran Bregovic during the slide show.



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