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Livelihood of 1,500 Sri Lankan Women Restored After Tsunami

Joining hands with Sri Lanka’s coir industry, the USAID-funded Competitiveness Program managed by Nathan Associates distributed 500 coir spinning reels to village women. “When the tsunami washed away thousands of homes along Sri Lanka’s southern coast last December, hundreds of village women lost their spinning reels in the disaster. Spinning reels are simple hand-turned machines used to spin coir fiber into yarn and yarn into rope, which is then sold to a weaver. Operated by three women usually from the same household, the reels allow each woman to earn 100 ...