Economic Empowerment through Self-employment Initiatives: A Group Work Experience based on a Sri Lankan Village


  • Shamila Sivakumaran National Institute of Social Development
  • Jeevasuthan Subramaniam University of Jaffna



This article looks into the application of groupwork in Sri Lanka with a group of women-headed households (WHHs) to empower them and promote a sustainable economic development through self-employment initiatives. This particular groupwork was carried out in an underprivileged rural village, in Sri Lanka. Participants were divided into three groups based on their interest in the following livelihood activities; home gardening, tailoring and handloom work. They were facilitated with different activities for the period of six months. The significant changes were; improved skills in selected area, leadership and team work, documentation, mutual support, internal harmony among the community members, marketing skill and self-confidence.

Author Biographies

Shamila Sivakumaran, National Institute of Social Development

School Of Social Work

Jeevasuthan Subramaniam, University of Jaffna

Departmnet of Sociology


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How to Cite

Sivakumaran, S., & Subramaniam, J. (2020). Economic Empowerment through Self-employment Initiatives: A Group Work Experience based on a Sri Lankan Village. Groupwork, 29(2), 94-113.



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