The past few years have been challenging ones for Thinesh Sobana, 28 years old. As the eldest of three children, she assumed additional responsibility when her parents were killed in the conflict in Sri Lanka. She was injured, which resulted in a permanent physical disability. Sobana and her family are from Jaffna, but after displacement and resettlement, Sobana decided to start fresh in Kilinochchi where she now lives with her aunt, uncle and nine cousins.
Upon arrival in Kilinochchi, Sobana was exploring options for self-employment. Her experiences during the conflict have left their mark and Sobana is quite shy and wanted to find a trade that could be done at home. She has trust issues and isn’t ready to work in a shop or factory.
Making the Right Choice
Sobana found a WUSC supported tailoring course being promoted in her village. After applying and being selected, she spent six months studying at the training centre and then went on to six months of on the job training.
Sobana smiles when she says she made the right choice. She is doing very well at her job placement and the customers like her. Her employer is happy with her work and has indicated that there is a permanent place for her once she expands her shop.
The encouragement from her boss and the customers has Sobana feeling a bit more confident.
Eventually, Sobana would like to open her own shop and she knows she has the technical skills to do it.
About WUSC’s Skills Training Program in Sri Lanka
WUSC’s skills training program in Sri Lanka helps many people gain the skills and knowledge needed to start their own business. Part of the program is dedicated to helping women, like Sobana, find higher-income jobs to increase the visibility and social acceptance of women in the workplace.