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Have you heard that SEFWI has adopted a project funded by The Associated Country Women of the World to help head-load fish vendors of Tamil Nadu in India? To date, SEFWI donations to the adoption fund total £294 and we are hoping to reach £2,500 within the next year. Naturally any ‘Women Walk the World’ walks sponsorship will boost this, but our main fund-raiser will be an International Day, focusing on India, on November 8th. (More details later.)

The beneficiaries of this project will be 100 female head load fish vendors from the marine fisher folk community of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. These women currently have limited opportunities to gain income as they only have perishable fish to sell and when the catch is large, the price of fish for sale is reduced. During the fish breeding season, when fishing is restricted, they often have nothing to sell. These women are in many cases the sole earner in their family, and have to resort to borrowing money from local money lenders at exorbitant interest rates, in order to meet their family’s needs.

The plan is to train these women in fish processing (drying and packaging) so that they have something to sell when fresh fish are not available. They will be provided with raw materials and necessary equipment (ice boxes, large containers, tools etc.) for processing fish. 30 women will initially be provided with interest-free loans and as they repay them, further beneficiaries will be provided with loans.

Could YOUR institute follow Chelmondiston’s example and offer financial support for this worthy cause? Maybe you could organise a quiz or coffee morning – or even arrange a ‘Women Walk the World’ walk, as several groups are doing?

Further information about the project and advice on fund-raising are available from ACWW Representative, Moira Hammond on 01473 659482 or