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SMDF - Institutional Strengthening & Promote entrepreneurship

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Social Mobilization and Development Foundation Guarantee Ltd. - SMDF

Period of Implementation

September 2018 - December 2022

Geographic scope

Asia-Pacific: Sri Lanka


$ 119,700
€ 114 000


Bilateral Aid: Sida/Civsam


Banking & Financial Services

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening

Project Objectives

The project is focused on promoting the financial inclusion through secured cooperative savings and credit (micro-finance) services, which comes under the consortium project of 5002. Social Mobilization Development Foundation (SMDF) implements this project in Hambantota, Monaragala, Rathnapura and Matara distircts targeting 36,938 women and 1,152 men in these locations. Thus, the project aims to strengthen the self-banking and primary women branches in promoting the women and youth empowerment, improve the knowledge on the cooperative concept and making a gender sensitive society within the two organisations and as well as within the targeted communities. At the end of five years, it is expected to increase the access to fair financial resources for the marginalized rural women and have increased women led groups and sustainable women led enterprises in cooperative approach.

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG17 - Partnership for The Goals

Direct beneficiaries

Individuals: 38000

Local stakeholders

Groups of farmers

Key Tags

Gender, Inequalities