The German Embassy in Sri Lanka is pursuing, in cooperation with the Soba Kantha Environment Management & Community Development Foundation, a project to enhance income opportunities for women from low salary families. The project is designed especially for Tamil and Muslim families, who are engaged in the fishing industry in the Batticaloa District and who are dependent on the sale of fish in order to create revenue. While the men are on the sea for fishing, the women are taking care of the children often producing dry and maldive fish.
In order to dry the fish the sun is used as primary energy source, which forces the families to conduct the drying process outside. This leads to hygienic problems, as stray animals, birds, waste and dust can affect the quality of the fish. Moreover, the dependency on weather conditions is strong, making it impossible to dry fish during the rainy period and therefore leading to a loss of income.
The German Embassy and the Soba Kantha Environment Management & Community Development Foundation offer alternative ways of drying by using simple technical ovens and sun heated ovens. These implementations are going to help families creating constant revenue due to an increased planning security and to level up the quality of their products. After all measures are introduced, families will be able to earn an estimated amount of 30.000 Rs. through sales of their fish.