Our Stories

  • Jun 6, 2018

    It is around 5 in the evening when we reach the handicraft training centre in Tharmakkenni, a GN Division in Pachchilaipalli, in Kilinochchi District. Seated on a mat outside the training centre, under soaring Palmyra trees – a common sight in this part of the country – a group of women are busy at work weaving long Palmyra leaves with their hands. Around them are an array of products; mats, temple baskets and hats, among others. Their colours are striking and vivid. Each piece is intricately designed. It is evident that much time and effort has been spent on their detail.

  • Women at the Forefront of Business Expansion
    Mar 8, 2016

    If you’re considering a trip to the Northern Province, do consider visiting the UNDP-supported ‘Punkuduthivu Food Manufacturers’ to purchase spicy Jaffna Chillie Powder and meet Thamalini!

  • Milk for ‘Wholesome’ Empowerment: Life after War
    Oct 7, 2015

    At 25 years she is the General Manager of the Poonakary Livestock Breeders’ Cooperative Society (PLIBCO) in Killinochchi, Sri Lanka. She has the overall responsibility for managing both the revenue and cost elements of 10 Milk Collection Centers of the Cooperative. Smart, skillful, determined and passionate – Meet Thevaseelan Keetha.

  • Jun 23, 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?

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