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From homemaker to the owner of her own horticulture-based business. Find out how one woman took a backyard venture outside her own district.
Oxfam in Sri Lanka is helping to quell myths around menstruation and reproductive health with a series of programmes for school children.
Oxfam was part of International Women’s Day celebrations this year, supporting entrepreneurs from the ‘Sunrise Project’ at the exhibition fair organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs. The exhibition fair provided a platform for producers and women-led enterprises to showcase their...
In Eastern Sri Lanka, natural disasters like floods and droughts often damage or destroy the harvests of rice farmers. For a majority of them, paddy cultivation is their only income, and this climate-sensitive crop relies on the availability of right amount of water and sunshine. In Batticaloa,...
The community worked together to renovate the bund which also doubles as the main access road to the village. Photograph: Nipuna Kumbalathara/Oxfam
2015 North-East monsoon season has been one of the better ones for the community in Vavunathivu. They’ve received plenty of rain for the “Maha” paddy cultivating season, but unlike in the previous years, there hasn’t been devastating floods. The settlement surrounding the...
Smiling women. With Oxfam's help their community is now more resilient. Photograph: Nipuna Kumbalathara/Oxfam
Oxfam assists 3,000 rice farmers and their communities to be safer and more resilient so that they can withstand negative impacts of climate change, disaster, and unpredictable markets. 17 Grama Niladhari (GN) divisions in the Eastern districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee are being assisted in...
Weerakoon Banda and his wife now earn more and share each other's workloads. Photograph: Oxfam.
Weerakoon Banda is a paddy farmer who had previously believed that his sole responsibility was to provide for the family, as head of the household, while his wife took care of all the other familial responsibilities, including caring for their two children and performing household duties. And that...
36-year-old Kasinathan Santhirathevi is happy that she earns more and mentors others in her village. Photograph: Oxfam
“Before I took part in Project Direct’s Training of Trainers program, my weekly income was around 10,000 LKR. Now I earn 25,000 every week by selling rice-based food products,” 36-year-old Kasinathan Santhirathevi explains with much delight how her participation in Project Direct...
Nageshwaran Pushpawathi now earns Rs. 28,000 every month. Photograph: Oxfam
Nageshwaran Pushpawathi is a mother of three children, aged 11, 8, and 2. Her husband cultivates a 5-acre farm two seasons each year, but that income was not enough to meet all of the family’s expenses. Since they returned to their village, after having been displaced for one year, in 2008,...

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