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  • Women venture into new markets using local resourcesWomen venture into new markets using local resourcesJul 3, 2015Mrs. Bernatheth is a 53 year old widow with three children living below an income of Rs. 3,200 per month. Although she has received government and donor support for the construction of her house destroyed during the war, she has been unable to complete the remaining construction work due to her low income. At times, she had had to depend on her children dropping out of school to help her earn an income through casual labour.

  • Where Passion Promotes Economic DevelopmentWhere Passion Promotes Economic DevelopmentJun 24, 2015"Each morning I wake up excited about what is in store for me because each day is very different.” Under the EU funded SDDP, 25 Economic Development Officers (EDOs), were trained. Find out what its like to be an EDO?

  • Success of Women EntrepreneursSuccess of Women EntrepreneursJun 24, 2015Ms. R. Satkuneswary from Mullaitivu and Ms. Murugamoorthy Calista Rosemary from Jaffna have been involved in home based businesses. Both these women are now beneficiaries of UNDP’s Youth Enterprise Development Programme under the Norway funded NLDP II.

  • A Taste of ‘Sweet’ SuccessA Taste of ‘Sweet’ SuccessJun 24, 2015The people of the village of Pandaththeruppu in Jaffna have been dependent on toddy tapping for years and have been marginalized due to the negative factors associated with this profession. The lives of these families have now undergone a transformational change.

  • Restoring livelihoodsRestoring livelihoodsJun 17, 2015Sinnathamby Saravanamuthu, 51, is a farmer and a father of 7. He lived a simple life in the Kiran Division in Batticaloa District. The family did not have much - a clay hut and a few acres of land on which they grew paddy and highland crops. It would perhaps be wrong to say that Sinnathamby did not want anything more from life but he was content. “I was able to plan my life on my own”, he puts it simply.