Economic Development

30 of the most vulnerable households were assisted with conditional cash grants in Eravurpatru and Manmunaiwest DS divisions

Conditional cash grant disbursed for the following livelihood activities It was agreed by the recipients of cash grants that: And MOUs are signed with the identified right holders saying their agreements with all the above points, by witnessing by the responsible Grama Niladhari. Cash grants disbursed on 21.09.2022 at Manmunaiwest and 23.09.2022 at Eravurpatru Ds division.

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Training on Value addition and Value chain to the 25 Women Headed Households

Main objective is to support the development of an enabling and empowering business environment for establishing and sustaining income-generating and employment opportunities for Young Women Headed Households in vulnerable communities in Batticaloa District Training conducted to 25 young women headed households from Eravurpatru and Manmuniawest DS divisions on 3rd and 4th December 2022 at Naripulthottam GS office Following points were discussed and facilitated Demonstration for selected value addition products were provided with the recipe and correct measurement

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Economic Empowerment – Women Entrepreneurs Received A Small Cash Grant

Nearly 22000 women entrepreneurs are in Batticaloa district, and most of them are adequately received training and unable to start the business or expand them due to financial and other cultural, patriarchal tradition as well the family burdens to spend time on empowering themself. Patriarchy culture dominates women because the violence is increasingly rapidly against women, girls, and children. We had discussions with few women survivors already involved in a small business level, and we supported selected 10 women survivors who are poor or most inadequate by giving small cash grants to expand their business to enhance the living standard of the families. Women entrepreneurs received support for Tailoring and upcycling textiles Poultry farming Expand a petty shop Support for floriculture Goat rearing The women are from Mylambavelly(Eravur pattru), Kokuvil,Navalady,Swissvillage(Manmunai North),Aayithiyamalai(Manmunai west)

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40 Women headed households got assistance for Natural farming

In-order to encourage the home gardening ,natural farming, seasonal natural farming  we have distributed Seeds and Seedlings to the 40  women headed households of Manmunaiwest and Eravurpattu Ds divisions to encourage the natural farming and  home gardening . Few of them are successfully producing natural fertilizers using the wastages getting from the home and doing natural farming from the compost and liquid fertilizers produced through the trainings they received from CIRCLE Wing of Young Feminist Team Link of the successful natural farming story from one of the CIRCLE’s beneficiary below

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CIRCLE’s performance in VRIDHI festival

VRIDHI is the platform for CSO’s created by UNOPS for the networking collaboration and support between the civil society community of Srilanka. VRIDHI aims to create a platform via which inter – civil society connection can be formed and nurtured based on geographical location, areas of interest of work and other shared values. VRIDHI festival organized by UNOPS team held on 29th and 30 of July in Batticaloa for the Eastern civil society organizations ,CIRCLE took a part of the panel discussion on the topic of “Women in Leadership” and we were also able to introduce our 10 emerging young women entrepreneurs of Mahalavattavan ,Manmunaiwest to start up their business activities of selling organic products with the VRIDHI platform. Moreover CIRCLE as an emerging CSO we got the opportunity to expose our self and interacted with the other CSO members of Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/vriddhifestival?eep=6&cft[0]=AZU3lEogLPNsCUlmwI6K5UkdH6v05c04rUy7hqX-xWN-tPcxlxaL1MkRVjZ3CNHmQ1VQqD_41o-0MDOhRNBYR1mo5VLU0IZZG76SoKGuOkml7bLl3taIa7OmSk6URen-GOq67NvjARw_rmserMHha076&tn=*NK-R

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CIRCLE’s 2nd Financial partnership with UNOPS-VRIDHI (SDGFund/CFP001)

CIRCLE has kicked off it’s 2nd project “Strengthened women participation in Peacebuilding through Employability, Advocacy and Social cohesion” with the grant support of UNOPS-VRIDHI with the period of July 2023 to December 2023 Project Intervention areas: Manmunaiwest(Naripulthottam,Mahalavattavan),Koralaipattucentral (Biranthurachenai 206C,Biranthurachenai 206A,Valaichenai 206B,Eravurpattu (Savukady,Kaluvankerny-1,Kaluvankerny11) The objectives of the project : Livelihood support to 50 Women headed households Provision of Legal and documentation support to women and children Youth engagement in advocacy initiatives Awareness raising on peacebuilding to women and youth Social cohesion CIRCLE has collaboratively implementing the activities of the project with Women Economic Development Association in Koralaipattucentral (KPC) Circle has completed its beneficiary selection : with Baseline assessment/Situation analysis, Household visit and Data collection of the intervention areas by CIRCLE team complain mechanism process was put in place in all the Gramma Niladhari office for one week time before finalizing the list. Complain mechanism process out in place by CIRCLE prior to finalize the beneficiary selection along with the support of respective Gramma Niladhari

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A business plan training for 50 women headed households

A business plan training being conducted for 50 women headed households who are marked them as emerging entreprenures of Koralaipattucentral,Eravurpattu and Manmunaiwest DS divisions.Training conducted as a roll out session by the beneficiaires who have already received the training from CIRCLE in 2022.The overall objective of the training is to support the emerging women entreprenuers to do their business in a systamatic way with record keeping ,financial forecast and followup.At the end of the training the participants developed businessplan for their each entreprises. The 03 days training conducted on 23rd,24th and 25th of August 2023 with how to do the SWOT analysis of the business enviornment . Feed back of the benificiaries after the training Quote from Geetha  (EP) “We would like to thank all the staff and resource person who have been here to do the business plan training. thank you for the support for the marginalized abandoned women like us, the training on how to do a business plan and the business in a systematic way has been going from 8.30am to 4.30pm.We haven’t have the knowledge of planning the business in a systematic way, from today onwards we will forecast and calculate the budget and necessary expenses for each production and will carry out the business in a systematic way. And through this I want to provide job opportunity for 2 or 3 marginalized women like me” Quote :From Rifaya (KPC) “It was a great pleasure to meet Chandramathy as a resource person for this business plan training, this gives us hope we also can work hard and progress in our business like her ”

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Awareness sessions and interactions between Muslim women group and Tamil Women groups inorder to create peacebuilding through socialcohesion

As another key objective creating social cohesion among the communities the first awareness and interaction session took place for the 50 selected beneficiaries with the 02 ehtnicity This session being conducted with the support of the UNOPS SDG grant and the session acheived the following results, Feedback from the partcipants , Kavitha (Eravurpattu ) ” We have learned the threshold of poorest families, poor families and the middle families and how to uplift the poorest families to poor families and the mechanism of interact with middle families ,from the motivational video clips played during the sessions we all partcipants got the courage to enhance their families by economically and how to commit our self to uplift the other families to develop the community to next level. Sulfika (Koralaipattucentral)“The relationship between us and our tamil sisters are severed at present due to various reasons ,thanking CIRCLE to merged us through this event,this platform enable us to intreact with them and this event has given us an oppurtunity to renew our sisterhood .“

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50 Women headed households received livelihood assistance from CIRCLE

50 Most vulnerable women headed households of Eravurpattu ,Manmunaiwest,Koralaipattucentral DS divsions received livelihood assisatnce from CIRCLE to expand or start the following IG activities,each beneficiary received 45,000lkr MOUs are signed with the identified right holders (Beneficiaries) witnessing by the responsible Grama Niladhari. Relevant GNs of all the Divisions, Additional director of planning, Women development officers, other relevant stake holders, community leaders NGO Coordinator from NGO secretariat also took part of the event. Feed back of Gramma Niladhari Birathuraichenai: “After 22 years that a NGO is providing such an assistance to our WHH in our villsge ,I’m thanking CIRCLE and requesting CIRCLE to provide support continuesly to the people who are in need .Otherhand I’m requesting all the beneficiaires to get the maximum benifit from the support provided by CIRCLE . Newslink of the event https://www.news21.lk/Improving-the-quality-of-life-of-vulnerable-families

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Certificate awarding event to the 30 young women entrepreneurs

As a face to honor the emerging young female entrepreneurs with the support of UNOPS (it is noteworthy that women entrepreneurs are the women headed households and the beneficiaries of CIRCLE) who have actively participated in our 10 days Business plan training, Natural farming and waste management training we have awarded certificates to honor them and their entrepreneurship journey The event held on 23rd of January 2023, 30 Young women entrepreneurs including disable women participated in the training. Quote from the beneficiary S.Kaarthika (Mahilavattavaan)-“I have been participated in many trainings and workshops conducted by various organization ,but CIRCLE is the only organization that has awarded me a certificate and honor our participation .I’m so happy to get the certificate for first time. We also request to conduct more trainings to improve our capacity“

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