Red Heart Society is founded to help people to help themselves. It is better for people to have a place to work instead of a place in the queue for food. A place of work gives sustainable and immediate help.

 

The Asian Tsunami which hit the coastal belt of Sri Lanka on 26th December 2004 killed more than 40 thousand people and in addition destroyed their property and livelihood methods.

 

Sri Lanka is also suffering after over 20 years of civil war. As Red Heart Society sees it

the fight against poverty and work for peace is to sides of the same story.

 

Red Heart Society wants to arm the poor people with jobs in the fight against poverty, war, suppression and the fear for the future.

 

To help these people Red Heart Society has started 4 micro industries in Sri Lanka, together with the rural people.

 

Fishing and Coconut Fibre based Industry were the traditional livelihood of these villagers. Majority of these villagers who lived along the coastal belt were extremely poor and what they earned daily was hardly sufficient to meet their daily expenses. Tsunami made their lives more and more miserable. Most of our members are Tsunami affected.

 

Locally, all these rural women earn only a very small amount of money for their productions. Some of these rural industries are on the verge of disappearance.

 

Coconut fibre based handicrafts and several other ornamental items done by rural women using natural environmentally friendly raw material has already been identified by Red Heart Society as suitable to be developed as sustainable livelihood methods.

 

Our societies:

 

1. Red Heart Sewing Society   (6 members)

 

2. Red Heart Coir Society        (22 members)    

 

3. Red Heart Straw Society      (3 members)

 

4. Red Heart Palm skin Society (3 members)

 

All together we have 34 producers as members (33 women and 1 man)

 

We will help them to get access to the western markets. Then they will get better paid for their products. If we are succeeding, it will lift our society members out of their poor living conditions. The turnover from the sale will go back to the producers and for the further development of our projects.