WIN FOR HER
by Women In Need (WIN) is the social enterprise arm of WIN. The
experience of providing these victims with psychological counselling
and legal services over the years, has convinced us that ‘batterers
and abusers’ commonly use their economic status and power
to subject their victims to further abuse, and prevent them from
leaving the abusive relationship.
WIN started a Recycled Paper and Product Manufacturing Project in
2011, and explored ways to incorporate an income generating opportunity
for these victims as part of their rehabilitation and empowerment
journey. From WIN’s Domestic Violence Support Group Programmes
based in Matara and Colombo, 15 victim-survivors were professionally
trained to manufacture the recycled paper and by-products, to add
value to their hard work in mastering the process of producing paper.
This enhanced their new status of being employed and independent
The manufacturing of recycled paper and produtcs involves the use
of A4 waste paper also known as post-consumer paper, infused with
banana fiber. Today, these women make recycled paper in varying
textures, colours and grades as well as stationary and gift items.
This process has given these women the opportunity to find financial
stability, self-assurance, faith in themselves, and a sense of worth.
They then become economically empwowered to end their dependency
on their spouses, giving them the right and opportunity to live
At WIN, our primary purpose is to work in the best interests of
these women. Therefore all proceeds from the sale of all paper and
handmade products help support the victims who work hard on this
project, and towards the sustainability of the organization.