The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) has announced the launch of “eDhumashi” – an e-commerce platform to uplift women engaged in the country’s fisheries industry.
This cutting-edge platform marks a significant milestone as the Maldives’ first e-commerce application to offer a comprehensive Dhivehi version, eliminating the language barriers in accessing digital platforms.
IPNLF’s proposal to develop eDhumashi was selected by UNDP’s Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) out of 300 proposals received to tap into new technologies and approaches to end overfishing and put an end to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices. This innovation champions sustainable fisheries and the Blue Economy, aiming to bolster economic advantages for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDC) by empowering small-scale fishers with enhanced access to technical and financial resources, aligning seamlessly with Sustainable Development Goal 14.
The launch of “eDhumashi” addresses many challenges female fisherfolk face in the Maldives. Often grappling with limited market information, delayed payments, unreliable buyers, and a lack of financial support and training, these barriers have hindered their economic potential. “eDhumashi” serves as a direct link between suppliers and buyers, effectively minimising these hurdles, empowering these women to expand their businesses and maximising their earnings from fisheries activities.
Recognising the need for capacity building, IPNLF conducted comprehensive training sessions for 25 women from Ga. Gemanafushi. These sessions covered essential aspects such as the sustainability of small businesses, financial literacy, digital proficiency, and food hygiene and safety, ensuring economic empowerment and equipping women to improve quality and consumer safety.
The significance of “eDhumashi” extends beyond mere market accessibility. It empowers women fisherfolk by granting them direct control over marketing and branding their products. This FinTech solution widens market access and amplifies bargaining power, enhancing the economic benefits across the value chain of the fishery sector.
IPNLF advocates for the sustainable management of responsible pole-and-line, handline, and troll (collectively known as ‘one-by-one’) tuna fisheries. Beyond sustainability, IPNLF recognises the critical role these fisheries play in supporting livelihoods. The launch of “eDhumashi” represents a pivotal moment in the Maldivian fishery, empowering women in the fishery and fostering economic growth in these coastal communities.
To download eDhumashi, please visit: https://linktr.ee/edhumashi