About the program
The destruction of the Sri Lankan Civil War left behind tens of thousands of war widows, forcing them to become the primary income earners for their families. Taking on roles of both a mother and a father, most of the women have found managing time difficult. Particularly being present as a nurturer for their children, whilst also working to bring home money.
Our aim through this project is to help these women save time whilst also earning additional income through establishing their own businesses from home. Not only will this allow more time for the mothers to look after their children, but it will also create self-sustaining opportunities that could benefit them financially.
So how have we been helping?
Although direct money is important, we believe in empowerment through the use of available resources, so that the people we help actually earn their money rather than it be given to them. Such resources include chickens and cows. Families are free to do what they wish with the chickens, but our intention is for them to breed them, and sell their eggs for cash. Similarly, with the cows, families milk the cows and sell it to neighbours or nearby communities.
Your donation of $200 means
20 Chickens = $60 profit a month per family
Your donation of $1000 means
1 Cow = $150 profit a month per family
This is Rajeswary
She is one of the widows we’ve been helping out. We provided her with 50 chickens and she chose to sell their eggs for about $0.10 AUD each. In a month she is able to sell around 240 eggs, which gives her almost $30 AUD. This is a significant amount of money, and with it, Rajeswary has gone onto farming practices; selling coconuts and bananas to those in her community giving her greater profits. Before we met her, she worked a labourers job, which involved strenuous work, long hours, and the job was not guaranteed all the time.
By providing her with the resources to start her own business, Rajeswary has benefited greatly, and is taking it to the next step to become an entrepreneur.
We would love to discover more women like Rajeswary, and help them get onto their feet to start living to their full potential.