Panera Bakeries: Livelihoods for Sri Lankan Women

by Relief International - Schools Online


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

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


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Women's Development Programs Worldwide

Organization Information

Relief International - Schools Online

Location: Redwood Shores, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Belma Ejupovic
Project Leader:
Belma Ejupovic
Program Officer
Los Angeles, CA United States

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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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