IDRF Funds SLCDF for a second phase in Kandy District

SLCDF signed agreements with Kandy District Consortium of NGOs (HIFCO) and three member organizations for the project “Building on Success and Expanding Participatory, Community based Development”. This project is supported by India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF). This incorporates a follow-up programme phase II to original proposal which IDRF supported in 2017 and completed at the end of December 2018, in same locations with similar objectives / activities.

This project will support 55 families for livelihoods in the first round and over 75 will get livelihood training during the project period of one year.

Objectives of the project are –
- To provide capacity building for 3 CBOs / 3 NGOs for improved management of resources and linking with Government Organizations
- To provide start-up capital for livelihood activities for women, especially WHH and families with persons with disabilities in 3 locations in the Kandy District along with necessary training.
- To improve women’s empowerment in project area

Activities :
(1) Provide training by trained cadre (in UNDP funded SGP/GEF project) in land management technologies (for prevention of land degradation) for 50 families
(2) Provide training for small tea holders and for pepper cultivation
(3) Provide training in conservation farming (at farm level)
(4) Gender and Development / Counselling
(5) Entrepreneurship training
(6) Provide revolving loan fund (RLF) capital (total of Rs.750,000) for 50 families for various livelihood activities (home gardening, conservation farming and providing pepper plants)
(7) Sharing experiences / through exposure visits
(8) Coordination & Monitoring

Results :
- Fifty women engaged in sustainable livelihood activities
- Increased income for 50 families making them economically and socially stable
- Improved socio economic status of over 50 families
- Linkages available for savings & credit
- Self-employment opportunities created
- Better management of the household income in project area
- Increased capacities of 3 CBOs in 3 locations
- CBOs are able to plan implement and monitor project
- CBOs have confidence and positive attitude to operate independently
- Improved access to resources from government and other institutions
- Enhanced women’s leadership