36-year-old S. Puvanesvary is a refugee returnee who fled to India back in 2007 during the civil war. She returned to Sri Lanka in 2018 and now lives with her husband, daughter and two sons in Kallikulam, which is an extremely remote village in the heart of Vavuniya.
Her husband is a labourer by profession and the very little income he earned through his hard work was insufficient to run the family and raise their three children. As they were striving to make ends meet amidst a lot of hard ships and difficulties, Puvansevary was discovered by ADRA Sri Lanka’s LESS project team in Vavuniya through the Divisional Secretariat as a potential beneficiary.
Even though she was willing to support her husband, she was not aware of how to do it. So since she was competent in goat rearing and had previous experience in the same, ADRA Sri Lanka rendered her two male goats and four female goats for rearing.
At present she has been able to increase the number of goats to 12 and has also shared a goat with her sister. She now aims to multiply the number of goats and intends to sell them for a fair price.
The Local Economic and Social Stregnthening (LESS) project is funded by the Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs.