In Sri Lanka women often hold a subordinate status in the society and in the family. Their part is to care about the children and the household while the husband is going to work as sole-earner. But
often one income is not enough.
The vocational training in the Women’s Unit of the NVA provides education and skills development to unprivileged local women free of charge. The centre offers courses in: sewing, wool knitting, batik, patchwork, soft toy making, fashion design and production of coir brushes. After the successful finish of the 6 month training the women receive a certificate and are able to work independently.
Through the purchase of their products at the sales outlet of the NVA in Aluthgama town, they have the opportunity to earn an income for their families and improve the quality of their livelihood. Additionally, the Women’s Unit develops community work and women empowerment to improve self-confidence and commitment.