CandleAid Lanka | Self Empowerment Of Women (SEW)
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Self Empowerment Of Women (SEW)

Project Rationale and Overview

This is CandleAid’s new initiative, commencing in 2014. Self-Empowerment Women project is a holistic attempt to strengthen women’s will and address the issues faced by women who have been entrusted with the responsibility of being the sole bread winner due to numerous reasons. The initial point of focus in this program would entail a spirited woman with an inbuilt tenacity and strength to stay on course amidst difficulties. She must be actively engaged in or is willing to engage in an entrepreneurial economic activity to earn what is required to help herself and her immediate family to become self sustainable.


CandleAid works together with these specially chosen individuals, to identify her needs and provide her with the initial capital (donation), skills and resources to strengthen her will, to become a self-empowered entrepreneur who will eventually own and operate her own business.

Qualifying Phase

Once the Project Committee identifies the prospective beneficiary, a detailed scoping and need assessment of each beneficiary is carried out. A responsive plan is drawn based on this assessment so that she will be able to support herself and her family.


Project Start January 2014
Project Status Ongoing
Total number of women empowered 38
Average cost range LKR 5000 – LKR 50,000 per person

The plan focuses on:

assist the beneficiary to strengthen their chosen area of economic activity in terms of : –

  • providing capital expenditure to continue the business
  • developing a Month on Month Business Plan to establish focus
  • assisting in marketing and promotion initiatives to advertise the products
  • providing the required training on the management of the business activities and records

assist the Children (where applicable) to successfully continue their studies under CandleAid’s Education Sponsorship Programme.

Support in providing essential rations under CandleAid’s Gift A Meal programme till such time the identified beneficiary is capable of managing with the income generated from her chosen economic activity.

Continuous monitoring of the constructive response of the beneficiary over a period of 6 months to qualify to be included as a confirmed participant of the “CandleAid’s Network of Self Empowered Entrepreneur” to be absorbed as Role Models for future prospective beneficiaries.