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Sri Lanka: Working women

Would you like to give women farmers in Sri Lanka a better future?

 
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Help women rice growers show what they can do.

Just a few pounds can help women in eastern Sri Lanka earn more for the rice they grow and enjoy more equal status in their communities.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

You'll be helping women farmers like Yogammah Vadivel, take the next step in building a long-term livelihood. Oxfam originally helped Yogammah and her family restart farming on the land they were forced to abandon years previously due to ongoing fighting. Now we are helping her to earn more by processing her rice crop.

"Oxfam gave me a new style stove and pan. This simple technology means that I can prepare rice more efficiently. It saves around two and a half hours a day giving me more time to look after my home and family."

With such support and a little business training more farmers like Yogammah are processing their own rice and cutting out the middlemen so earning more for their hard work.

What your money can buy

£26 could train one farmer in climate resilient crop growing techniques

£44 could support one woman to join an enterprise and improve her income

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Yogammah parboils rice prior to processing. Thanks to improved technology from Oxfam including a new-style stove and pan, preparing rice can now be done more efficiently.

Photo: Sinnathamby Raguraamumurty/Oxfam

A bit of background

Farmers in eastern Sri Lanka are once again beginning to make a living after 30 years of fighting in the area. As a result of the conflict most farms are now run by women, yet despite this, inequality is rife. Men tend to own the land and equipment, and control farmers' organisations and markets.

While women are gradually increasing their involvement in rice processing, they lack the business skills and access to small loans they need to invest in the equipment that will help improve their incomes.

How we're helping

Your support will help ensure that over 3,500 women across districts in the Eastern Province will see the economic benefits rice processing. By turning their surplus rice crop into rice flour, rice cakes and noodles and selling these products locally, women farmers can cut out the middlemen and so earn more to support their families.

By providing equipment and training and encouraging women to work together, we are helping them build commercially successful enterprises. Additionally, by demonstrating their leadership skills and contributing to the household income, women can improve their status and raise awareness of their rights.

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Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Nanthini, is a rice farmer who, thanks to Oxfam's support, can now process her crop too. And it's made a world of difference.

 Middlemen from outside the district always used to come and collect all the produce soon after the harvest. Then they'd sell it under their brand name and make the money..

But she was determined to change things, and got together with her neighbours to sell their rice under their own Batticaloa brand name. And thanks to Oxfam support and two years of hard work, it's happened.

 Our dream has come true. Our farming group has a rice processing machine, we market the rice under our own name and pay monthly instalments from the money we earn to cover the cost..