Stories


Replanting the forests one wild mushroom at a time

“We grew up relying on the resources of the forest. We found things there that we could not find anywhere else,” Nilanthi remembers, describing how her father used to return from the woods with large…  


Women at the Forefront of Business Expansion

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!  


Today's Youth, Today's Leaders

“I was not always independent and self-confident. Quite the contrary; I was extremely shy. But now I make a conscious effort to advocate for equality in our society. Someone has to stand up!” says…  


Milk for ‘Wholesome’ Empowerment: Life after War

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…  


Where Passion Promotes Economic Development

"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…  



Together, communities build back with resilience

AusAID, UNDP and other partners initiated “Strengthening Disaster Management Capacities in Conflict Affected North and East,” a project to create village resilience development plans for vulnerable…  


A new resolve to promote social integration

Prior to 2013, Amila Nilangani, from Moneragala, had little understanding of what ‘social integration’ meant. In fact, she says, “I didn’t even know there was such a concept.” Adding to this were the…  


Helping communities obtain vital legal documentation

S. Mangaleswaran is happy that she was able to obtain the birth certificate for her child. Just a few feet away from her, I. Nallaiyah is only too glad to display the elder’s Identity Card she has…  


In Jaffna, the Palmyrah Handicrafts Centre helps uplift the lives of women

We are greeted by an array of colourful products, made out of palmyrah, found in abundance in Northern Sri Lanka, as we step into the sales center of the Palmyrah Handicrafts (Guarantee) Limited. The…  

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