Project Stories:

The empowered women is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description – Steve Maraboli

Venthan Miurina Age 32 studied up to grade 11 and is Living in a village in Talai Mannar. Her husband, Venthan Rajagopal Age 36,as the only bread winner, works as daily labourer. They have two sons aged 7 and 3. The elder son goes to school. This poverty-stricken family continues to stay together even though they do not know where the next meal will come from. The income as a labourer is very low and therefore they lack enough finances to meet the basic family needs such as food and other essential supplies. The current Covid Pandemic made them more vulnerable than before.

Step by step training in the Palmyrah project. Photo: humedica Lanka

humedica Lanka started a pilot project in Mannar as a follow up to the relief work carried among the families that were affected through the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020. Life skill training was given to empower women and to generate income through small businesses. Most of the families relied on their husbands who are the daily bread winners to provide money for their family needs. The families which relied on daily labour for their income, were affected badly during the Covid 19 lockdown.

Weaving with Palmyrah leaves. Photo: humedica Lanka

training women how to weave with Palmyrah leaves. Photo: humedica Lanka

learning to weave baskets. Photo: humedica Lanka

humedica Lanka works in collaboration with the district secretariat (DS) Mannar. The DS office chose 17 women and formed a group and named it “Evergreen” This group was trained with knowledge and skills in using the freely available Palmyrah trees to make different products and sell them for a living. Some of these products are Panattu, Palmposa, instant soup in Palmyrah tur flour, Palmyrah pulp production. Palmyrah Handicraft training was given to weave and make bags with Palmyrah leaves.

The 17 women that were trained and equipped by humedica Lanka. Photo: humedica Lanka

special project training. Photo: humedica Lanka

These women were taken on an exposure visit to learn how to do production according to standards, pricing, and marketing these items for both local and international markets. We have no doubt that these women that are equipped on how to utilize their training, will work hard, and produce quality items in future. We are grateful for all those who provided the finances to help this needy village. We know that these women can go forward with confidence and pride. This training also has helped them to face and manage the challenges posed by the Covid 19 pandemic.

Participating in activities that help understand more about skills. Photo: humedica Lanka

These communities are vulnerable and needy. But by empowering them with knowledge and skills to face the challenges of the future we have seen that they are able to support their families and live a healthy life. We will continue to assess and help such vulnerable families. Therefore, if any one of you wishes to support and be a part of this ongoing work please do not hesitate to contact humedica Lanka for further information.

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