The VTN Project has begun using non-formal training opportunities to reach marginalized groups as they cannot be enrolled in the formal training programmes conducted by the satellite centres. The program travels to remote villages to provide people in rural communities with a broad overview of income-generating activities and a basic knowledge of self- employment through entrepreneurship. Such measures enable these groups to generate income to enhance their living standards and also contribute to the rural development of the North / East of Sri Lanka. In this regard, the opening ceremony of SKT pure Sesame Oil Production Centre – Kalvilankulam, Thunukkai was held on 2nd May 2017. The inauguration, held at Kalvilankulam village at Thunukkai Divisional Secretariat Division was graced by Ms R. Keetheswaran – District Secretary, Mullaitivu District, Mr R. Prathaban – Divisional Secretary, Thunukai Divisional Secretariat and and Ms. Kumudhini Rosa, Senior Advisor – GIZ VTN Project.
In the Thunukkai women group “Talented Women Group” – They produce Sesame Oil and Coconut Oil. The final product is marketed in their own village as well as in the region. For the trainings that have already taken place short term courses have been developed and training carried out. The 13 women participated in developing a business plan for their activity through an Entrepreneur development program. They have also learnt to maintain their accounts and deal with bank accounts etc. A strong link with the local level government structure is established to ensure that the women / men have access to information and markets.
This type of training in rural areas focuses on the capacity development of marginalized people groups particularly those affected by the 30-year armed conflict such as war widows, ex-combatants and persons with disabilities living in the rural areas of the Northern region. The VTN project facilitates to create self-employment opportunities to these rural women by providing these types of self-employment creation trainings.