programme is now closed but we are pleased to have given these four
ladies new skills which have made them financially independent.
In January 2012 we set up our Chrysalis Programme aimed at
teaching skills to homebound individuals to enable them to
be financially independent, particularly women who wanted to
With the help of
volunteers two ladies were taught to sew and one lady had
her existing skills enhanced. We provided sewing machines
and materials and purchased the batik items that they made,
selling them locally.
2014 we started to downscale this programme as Sofia had built her
sewing business and was earning a good income. Zainab who could
not sew two years’ ago started her own sewing business, assisted
by LICOF. Punniavathy has started working outside of the home as her
children are older.
Another part of this
programme was to give financial and moral assistance to a widowed mother, Darisah with
five children who had always dreamed of opening her own nursery
(Taska). With our help and that of two generous sponsors she
was able to attend a training course on the mainland, equip
the nursery and is now operating with many
children and helpers.