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Who We Are…..

(SAARC Business Association of Home Based Workers) is a network of Sri Lankan women food producers funded by the SAARC Development Fund (SDF). SABAH Sri Lanka is the local arm of the SABAH Association active now in seven of the eight SAARC countries in the region including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan.

Blended with this history and tradition holding glory and fame owned by the land for its spices and other food enriched with the vibrant colors, flavor and aromas , SABAH expands your choice of experiencing the real and original taste of food in great varieties. Particularly addressing your demanding culinary needs, Sabah presents you a manually and carefully treated range of spices , curry mixes , dried fish, kithul prickle , cashew nuts and various other food products produced by Sri Lankan home based workers.

SABAH has been developing the knowledge and skills of selected women towards maintaining a higher quality standard targeting expanded up-end markets through specially designed local and international trainings. Hence these products produced by these experienced and well trained women are tinged with the traditional taste using modern methods of hygiene and quality. While preserving the nutritive elements, it keeps you healthy and promote your wellbeing.


The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SARRC) established the SAARC Business Association of Home-based Workers (SABAH) – a regional network of home-based workers – mainly women producers, who require a boost in marketing and retailing their home-based products. SABAH Sri Lanka is the local arm of the SABAH Association active now in seven of the eight countries in the region, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Afghanistan, excepting India. Read More..SABAH was primarily established to help strengthen the livelihoods of poor home-based workers in the region. This endeavour has been coordinated by the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) under the auspices of the SAARC. In Sri Lanka, it is being facilitated by Practical Action for the SABAH Association of Sri Lanka, which aspires to develop trade facilitation on behalf of home-based workers. The project is funded by the SAARC Development Fund (SDF). In Sri Lanka, the SABAH initiative has been active for a little over one year and in this time home-based woman producers from 10 of the Sri Lanka’s 25 districts have participated in the network and two trade facilitation centers have been established in the island.

Practical Action Sri Lanka has played a pivotal role in taking up the challenge of developing the Sri Lanka network of home-based workers and enhancing their capacities to set up a sustainable social business entity with this common brand for South Asia – i.e. SABAH.

SABAH Association of Sri Lanka offers the following services to existing and potential home-based producers:

  • A unique and specific platform to market themselves as a collective of home-based producers
  • An opportunity to actively engage in a network of producers, marketers, retailers, financiers and exporters
  • Technical expertise, know-how and assistance in product development and quality assurance
  • Numerous opportunities to market their products under the umbrella network of SABAH and increase their competitive edge as producers
  • Support and up-to-date information on product standards maintenance and quality assurance
  • A variety of opportunities to build linkages with other members of the SABAH network and liaise with product competitors and raw materials suppliers
  • Multiple opportunities to increase member and product exposure within the regional SABAH network to encourage a member learning environment in the South Asian region
  • Marketing and branding skills development and assistance
  • Tailor-made solutions for specific products and home-based workers who require special assistance and attention
  • Service provision and skills development with regard to accounting, book keeping and product pricing
  • Strengthening local district-specific home-based worker groups, networks and centers, especially gearing them to work within existing structures, local government bodies and mainstream market competition

SABAH Coordination

SAARC Development Fund (SDF): The SDF is the chief funder of the women’s empowerment project that is being carried out by way of the SABAH network in the South Asian region. These funds are disbursed by the SAARC Association to achieve the objectives of regional economic cooperation and livelihoods development of the most marginalized sections of society.

Self Employed Women Association (SEWA): SEWA is an India-based NGO network established to promote women’s empowerment through strengthened and sustainable livelihoods options. SEWA, having won the SAARC SDF award for its proposed regional project, is one of the chief organizers and coordinators of the project by way of the SABAH network in the region.

HomeNet South Asia (HNSA): HNSA is also involved in the SABAH network project, partnering with SEWA, as a co-coordinator and implementer of the Women’s Empowerment Project in the South Asian region

SABAH works with,

Sri Lanka Southern Development Authority

Industrial Development Authority-Western Province

Industrial Development Authority- Southern Province

Ministry of Science and Technology through Vidatha centers