The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 killed more than 30,000 Sri Lankans, destroyed nearly 100,000 homes and displaced 443,000 people. The project provides loans and livelihoods skills trainings to 2,200 Tsunami affected women in the Ampara district, the most devastated region, helping them meet their financial needs and goals, supplementing income-generating activities, reducing their vulnerability to future calamities and increasing their role in economic and community development.
RI helps by forming 82 community based organizations which establish loan funds, extend credits, give livelihoods training, train executive members, open bank accounts, review business plans and organize social projects that benefit the community.
Assisted women address their family’s immediate needs and invest in activities that will be a permanent source of income. Groups also create social projects that extend support to the broader community and increase solidarity between members.