economic justice

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,...
Woman flipping through a receipt book. Photo credit: Sheshadri Kottearachchi
Oxfam works to ensure that poor and vulnerable women, girls and their families can own and use land and water. These vital natural resources are necessary for resilient and sustainable income generation. When farmers own their land, they have a bigger incentive to invest in them. We target the...
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