Panera Bakeries: Livelihoods for Sri Lankan Women

$100 $34,900
Raised Remaining


During the tsunami, thousands of women lost both their husbands & their family’s income. RI & Panera Bread are providing these women with the training / materials to operate bakeries for family income

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Thousands of women were widowed by the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in December 2004. Already dealing with the loss of their husbands & sons, these female-headed households need to establish home-businesses to sustain their livelihoods & improve the current food supplies of the community. The women gain valuable marketing, business & leadership training. Widows from the civil coflict in Sri Lanka before the tsunami also benefit immensely & help support the economy & development of the region.

How will this project solve this problem?

RI & Panera Bakery have partnered to supply the needed flour & other ingredients, provide training on how to run a small business, give the equipment for bread production, & assist in the development of community support groups that give aid.

Potential Long Term Impact

Female-headed households are improving their current quality of life and able to support their often large families while adding to food supplies for the community. The project closes the gender gap & enhances Sri Lanka's economic development.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $100

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $100 .  The original project funding goal was $35,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 3 donors like you, a total of $100 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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