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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,...
A successful case of influencing under Sri Lanka’s Humanitarian Cash Transfer Programme Responsive and nimble influencing approaches are particularly critical in an emergency context. This case study highlights how Oxfam in Sri Lanka and partners used their understanding of the local context...

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