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Tsunamika: Post-disaster livelihood training
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Upasana, a design firm in Auroville initiated the Tsunamika project - a doll making training programme for Tamil Nadu’s Tsunami affected fisherwomen. The donations collected for the dolls are supplied to the fisherwomen in the form of salaries.

The 2004 Tsunami affected over two million people in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry. It killed over 12,000 people and destroyed over 200,000 houses. The financial loss was an estimated 2.56 billion USD. The fishing communities were highly affected with more than 60,000 boats destroyed.

The disaster severely damaged many fisherwomen’s livelihoods in Tamil Nadu. Moreover, it destroyed women’s confidence in life as everything that they depended on was washed away in the disaster. With the objective to help these women, Tsunamika was launched.

Under the project, fisherwomen are trained to make miniature dolls out of industrial waste fabric. Unique to the business model is its gift economy approach whereby the dolls are distributed for free and donations are welcomed.

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