Case of Asmir Mashira
Nachchikuda is another war affected area in the northern Sri Lanka. Both ethnic groups of Tamil and Muslims are living together in this village. Though poverty is a protracted menace families had their willingness to overcome their hardships. The youth and women of the area do not have stable income because they do not have employment to survive their life therefore several social and economic problems were increasing gradually.
In 2017 the women groups of two societies in Nachchikuda had requested RAHAMA through the Divisional Secretory of Poonakary to provide them livelihood support. The discussions held by RAHAMA with relevant parties, decided to enhance the industrial & marketable skills of the youth to develop the self-sustainable LHs , and entered into decisions to assist unemployed youth to link vocational training courses at the vocational training center at Nachchikuda.
Accordingly, 18 women have selected for the first training yet commencement was delayed due to a dissension prevailed within the two ethnic groups. After intervention of RAHAMA the two societies came for mutual understanding and started their studies together.
The first three months they followed the theory course and another three months followed the on the job training on Leather product. After the six months training the team could produce school bags, ladies shoes and several other lather products. Yet, when the skills to be converted for productive level the youth expressed the limit of self financing. Thereby, RAHAMA assisted the youth by providing sets of tools and raw material which could not purchase by them. Finally the team started producing Leather items and could find market in the adjoining districts as well.
Their initial income in average for a month was LKR 5000/= to 8000/= and step by step growth was shown also with strengthened harmony and unity within the communities.
Asmir Mashira banu says that “ I started this industry after our return back to the village. I was very happy to attend the six months training on Leather product techniques through VTA centre. I am also encouraged much on the guidance made available by the Div. Secretariat and in particular RAHAMA institution specifically on the business management topics, otherwise, this industry may not reach this level. I have assessed the future directions of the industry and realized that it has to be further expanded while providing skills and employment opportunities for some other youth in the village while being a leading producer. In this regard I express my thanks to Govt. authorities, VTA Officials, RAHAMA and the Donors for their effective intervention for us to meet our ambitions.