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Date : 2010-02-15 02:12:26

DescriptionSiyath Foundation is a fair-trade enterprise based in Colombo, Sri Lanka dedicated to empowering impoverished women and their families in Sri Lanka's southern coast belt, an area devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Siyath works with community-based organizations in 31 rural and urban villages to develop women's collectives that improve women's access to education and empower them to assert greater influence in their communities. Siyath organizes community members to involve them in working towards a wide range of development goals. Siyath offers comprehensive market training to women, providing them with the skills and confidence they need to obtain a fair price for their work. Training includes vocational skills, microcredit lending, income generation, human rights awareness, and literacy. The women meet regularly in their community associations to discuss daily challenges they face including domestic violence, alcoholism, and lack of social and education services in their communities. Recently, Siyath instituted a social security system for women to provide life insurance and health benefits to program participants. Siyath is a leading grassroots organization in the tsunami relief effort, providing families with both immediate and long-term assistance to access housing and supplies necessary to rebuild their lives.

Street AddressNo : 42/9, Rosmead Place


CountrySri Lanka

Name of InstitutionSiyath

Phone(94 11) 2667176 ; 2697427


Fax(94 11) 2682272

Type of ActivitySupport Institution

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