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Reference : V-P-LK-E-00523
Date : 29/07/2015
Country/Region : SRI LANKA
Caption : Jaffna, Pallai. This woman is one of the nine weavers of the network of handicraft weavers in the Iyakkachchi community.
Photographer : ZAHARAN, Tuan
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : A woman who received an ICRC Micro Economic Initiatives cash grant used it to build a network of handicraft weavers in the Iyakkachchi community of Pallai, which is spread over different areas of the community. She teaches the ladies in her network to weave. The women buy their raw materials from her and she buys their end product.

ICRC website, article of the 29th September 2015:

" Sri Lanka: Operational update, January – August 2015.
Assisting vulnerable households and communities.
In the north and east of Sri Lanka, the ICRC helps women-headed households, people disabled as a result of past conflict, released rehabilitees (ex-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), economically vulnerable households, and families of missing people to start or consolidate a livelihood activity through our Micro Economic Initiatives (MEI) programme. By engaging in activities such as crop cultivation, fishing, livestock farming, and trade and craft, these people are able to generate a sustainable income for themselves and their families.

Additionally, we work towards improving the livelihoods of vulnerable communities in the Northern Province through our community-based livelihood support programme, designed to meet local needs.

Between January and August, the ICRC:

assisted 478 households through our MEI programme;
assessed seven vulnerable communities for livelihood assistance;
developed five community project proposals based on the needs identified with relevant government authorities. [...]"
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4912x7360
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour