Social Empowerment Programme (SEP)
Beginning in 1996, the focus of the development strategy of the Sudeesa has sharpened in both domainsof social development and economic development, giving wider emphasis for women and youth to play pivotal roles in decision making for their own development. For this purpose, their capacities have been developed through district plans, under the support of Terre des Hommes, Netherlands. (Video).
Women Focused Programme .
The women, including widows of the fishers and farmers communities are deprived groups. Most women are unemployed, Low-educated and are living under poor social conditions. Their family income is low; 30% of the families have hardly enough money to pay for their daily expenditure. The women and their families are open to all kind of risks. The strategy chosen by Sudeesais to intervene in the lives of these vulnerable groups through organizing them in to village organizations.
The Village Organizations provide the women a platform to discuss and act upon their social, family, health and economic problems. Village organizations help the women by providing access to women’s economic enterprise development services of Sudeesa. They can borrow, save and be insured. The Sudeesa stimulates women to engage themselves in self-employment activities by not only providing credit, but by also offering business training, skills development support and marketing possibilities to make successful the income generating activities of the women. The members are divided into production groups under the Sudeesa programme and they have a platform to discuss their production activities and marketing related issues together. In Sudeesa programme, widows (Who are even more vulnerable within the community) in the fisher communities are offered the same development opportunities as the others.
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