About Work for Widows
This project is dedicated to helping widowed women, with or without children to support; to attain self-sufficiency through self-employment initiatives.
Called Work for Widows, this project will provide the women with a constant means of subsistence and bring much-needed cash into the local economy.
Critically, the project will also provide a support network for bereaved women, which will reduce typical poverty-induced behavior such as child abandonment, prostitution and suicide.
The self-employment initiatives are all cottage industry based, which will enable women to work at home and not have to abandon their children.
The projects include making everything from candles, hand bags, other household items to jewelry and recycled paper products. All the materials will be delivered to the women as staying at home is vital.
Currently the Work For Widows project supports over 139 woman and 294 children. With less than 6 hours in a 5 day work week , these women will earn a salary that will match or exceed the earning of their lost spouse. The average salary of the a woman in the program is 6000 rupees per month.
WORK FOR WIDOWS products will be marketed and distributed throughout Sri Lanka with intentions of expanding into international communities via the website www.workforwidows.com
The sale of these items will provide an income for the women as well as purchase the supplies that they will need. The transport and marketing cost will be less than 5% of the turnover.
The Work for Widows program intends to expand into numerous other areas with the hopes of achieving the privilege of assisting over 3000 women in the future.