We have founded our local NGO, called Nature Volunteers Association (NVA) (www.nvasrilanka.org) about 10 years ago, build up the educational centre EDC for free classes for children and a Women's Unit for free vocational training for local women - mainly for low income families - to change their life for the better.
BUT with the training and skills development ALONE the Women can't change anything - ONLY a regular production and sale of the products WILL bring them an addition income for their families here in Sri Lanka.
Therefore, the NVA bought a shop in Aluthgama town -with a bank loan. This shop is used to sell the handmade products from the local women, which have been trained in our Women's Unit. The products and shop details are under: www.lankalike.lk
Only the product sale creates income to the women and their families - which helps them to become more independent from their husbands and increase their livelihood. Often the women use their earnings to finance a better education for their children.
BUT this Women Empowerment and Income Generation project is in DANGER! As local non-profit NGO the NVA is not able to cover the cost for the loan. The shop has been open since August 2016. So far the sales are ONLY enough to cover the salary for the women and material cost. Without adequate coverage of the loan the shop is in RISK to get closed, which would result in a TOTAL loss of income for the women.
We want to avoid this and try our best to RESCUE the Shop and Women's work.
BUT therefore we need YOUR SUPPORT !
But WE are not asking anything for free - We WILL give YOU something in return. For anyone - for donations from 5 Euro - we will send a "thank you card", including a photo from the women, from 10 Euro we will send our special cotton bag, from 20 Euro plus, you will receive additionally a gift voucher from our shop in Aluthgama (valid 1 year) - so you can choose products you like by yourself. Please, leave us therefore your email or postal address.
Thank you so much for your love and help !
Your Andrea, the women & team of the NVA Women's Unit