April 23, 2017

Projects

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Hygienic Pads for Women for the Monthly Cycle

We had sponsored a young woman for training in sanitary napkin manufacturing in India and in 2017 funded the installation of the manufacturing unit at a local nonprofit organization in Thirunelvely, Jaffna.  These low cost, hygienic, sanitary pads will give dignity to women in low income groups which will result in improved health outcomes over current unhygienic practices. A second manufacturing unit is planned for Mankulam.

 

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Banana Fiber Eco-Friendly Products

Taking advantage of readily available, discarded parts of the banana plants grown on plantations in the Northern Province, the SLDF will help individuals establish small enterprises in the manufacture of banana fiber textile products.  The SLDF plans to send three women this summer to Trichy to be trained in banana fiber extraction and making eco-friendly products including textiles. Currently, the SLDF is seeking a facility to install the machinery and to extract the fibers.

 

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Poultry as a Small Market Entrepreneurship

We have funded twenty hens with poultry cage and a month of feed to women and war victims. Providing egg layers bring in revenue to the beneficiaries within a week. We will continue to provide poultry to needy women.

We have funded a poultry unit with 200 chickens in Kilinochchi which will also be a breeding stock to provide the necessary chickens to our beneficiaries.

 

 

SLDF has successfully implemented or initiated the following projects:

Training in India: Manufacture of Sanitary Napkins

The SLDF sent one young woman to Coimbatore for training. The SLDF established a women-led business in Jaffna that manufactures and distributes low-cost, hygienic sanitary napkins. For logistical reasons the unit has been moved to Mankulam. The business employs local women while meeting a need for affordable feminine hygiene products in the region.

Mushroom Farm: Jaffna

In Jaffna, the SLDF has established a mushroom farm on the grounds of an orphanage in Jaffna that is home to 200 children. As in all SLDF projects, participants received training and technical support to learn to cultivate the mushrooms and manage the business.

School Stationary and Supplies: Vanni region

In the Vanni region, the SLDF has provided school stationery and supplies to more than 50 orphaned middle school children.

Horticulture for School Children: Kilinochchi

The SLDF has helped over 100 schools in the Kilinochchi area plant and maintain mango trees on school grounds, to educate children about horticulture and provide fresh fruit for their meals during the school day.

Support for Entrepreneurs: Jaffna and Vanni area

The SLDF has provided start-up materials, supplies, technical assistance and consultation to dozens of individual entrepreneurs. Examples include providing broiler chicks to bolster the business of a semi-blind war victim, and sesame seeds to promote the gingili oil trade of an amputee. Many women have received egg-laying hens, fishing nets, and other supplies to begin earning income through the SLDF’s initiatives.

Backyard Tilapia Farming: Jaffna and Vanni region

Since 2017 fall, the SLDF is working with St. Agnes Church in Mankulam and St John’s College to establish a model backyard tilapia farm that may generate income for members of the community. Tilapia ponds of this nature require minimal maintenance and offer a forgiving margin of error to those who are new to raising fish. NAQDA office in Kilinochchi is interested in establishing backyard fish farming.

Training in India: Beekeeping Training

The SLDF has sent two individuals from Jaffna to take part in apiculture (bee-keeping) training, a weeklong certification program, at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore during June 2017. The SLDF hopes place up to 100 hives with bee colonies at homes and fields across the Northern Province. Local residents will take responsibility for hosting the hives, and the two trained beekeepers will make monthly visits to each hive to extract the honey (mobile honey extraction; a new concept to Sri Lanka). For the mobile honey extraction, the SLDF is currently seeking donors to procure a suitable vehicle.

Training in India: Banana Fiber Textiles

Taking advantage of readily available, discarded parts of the banana plants grown on plantations in the Northern Province, the SLDF will help individuals establish small enterprises in the manufacture of banana fiber textile products. The SLDF plans to send three women this summer to Trichy to be trained in banana fiber extraction and making eco-friendly products including textiles. Currently, the SLDF is seeking a facility to install the machinery and to extract the fibers.

Business for Women Head of Family: Chavakachcheri

A well-wisher has facilitated a building in Chavakachcheri. Two women, head of the family are to be initiating mushroom farming in April/May 2018.

Cell Phone Charger: Vanni region

The SLDF is working with engineers in US to design cell phone charging system utilizing bicycle dynamo, and other locally available resources. This initiative will be handed over to an eager individuals to establish a business.

Training in India: Spirulina Cultivation

The SLDF is currently negotiating with a well-wisher in Jaffna area to start an organic model farm or set up Spirulina cultivation. Two or three women could be employed

Entrepreneur Challenge: North & Eastern Province

The SLDF launched a challenge competition to aspiring entrepreneurs to find a problem that is deeply rooted in the community and try to fix it by innovative means. In this initiative, winning ideas are to be awarded with funds and means to develop and bring them to market. Thus far, it has received quite a welcome from the audience it was open to. This challenge competition is to be launched twice a year, expanding to wider audience.