Livelihood initiatives by Save the Children

Amongst the many efforts to promote initiatives as well as livelihoods in the North is a project run by Save the Children in Akkarayan, Killinochchi. It is funded by Swedish International Development Agency.  The project targeted 900 resettled families with children in the Northern region.

Jeyakumar , a beneficiary of the project, received Rs 50,000 to invest in his business of producing gram snacks. Save the Children also provides technical assistance to the beneficiaries through its field staff, while assessing progress.

Packing Gram crackers

He earns above Rs 25,000 per month from the business, and is keen on saving to buy his own land.

Though not educated beyond grade 6, Jeyakumar is maintaining accounts very well. His wife Pavalarani helps him with preparation of snacks and maintaining their hygine.

Their children, Thanushanthan (13), Kopinath ( 11) and Jeyanthan (7) are doing very well in school, although they have had a difficult life.

“I like to become as a good entrepreneur and my aspiration is to provide at least 10 job opportunities for the people of my village.  And also I would like to provide financial and moral support to my children to achieve their aims.” Jeyakumar said.

Goods ready to be transported

Jeyakumar , a beneficiary of the project, received Rs 50,000 to invest in his business of producing gram snacks. Save the Children also provides technical assistance to the beneficiaries through its field staff, while assessing progress.

He earns above Rs 25,000 per month from the business, and is keen on saving to buy his own land.
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