Handicraft Livelihoods, Sri Lanka © RMahindapala , 2009
The project had two main objectives:
This project focused on enhancing the livelihoods of women from 40 low-income families living in the vicinity of Puttalam lagoon. It aimed to increase women’s self-confidence and empower them economically through awareness programmes on gender equality and human rights, and through the provision of loans for small business ventures.
Forty low-income families living in the Palavi area of Puttalam.
Women were empowered to build a livelihood for themselves without needing help from the men in their family. Such women’s development activities often have far-reaching impacts extending beyond the boundary of the household.
This project targeted women, helping to empower them economically.
To ensure the sustainability of projects aimed at supporting underprivileged communities, it is essential to involve community members in project design, seek their cooperation in every activity from the outset, and give them responsibility for the project’s success.
Also important is giving participants space to solve problems and manage conflicts amongst themselves without outside interference.