Years after the conflict ended in Sri Lanka, the most vulnerable families still struggle to meet their basic economic needs. Some have lost their breadwinner, while others have sustained life-long injuries, remain displaced, or have a family member who is in detention, is missing, or is a released rehabilitee. These families need help to make ends meet.
In Sri Lanka, the ICRC is responding to the needs of some of the most vulnerable households, to provide them with the means to acquire basic necessities to restore a decent life. We support vulnerable households in the north and east of the country to start a small business of their choice through our Micro Economic Initiatives programme, which is carried out in line with the Sri Lankan government's community empowerment programme. A member of the household receives a cash grant and basic training to develop this business into a sustainable source of income.
Vulnerable communities receive the support required to start income generating activities through our Community Based Livelihood Support programme, which is designed to meet sector-specific needs in the fisheries, agriculture, livestock, and small-business sectors. The programme is carried out through local community-based organisations, which ensures ownership of the project and guarantees its sustainability in the long term.