The fishermen, having identified the beneficiaries within their own communities, decided that each group of four families would be provided with a boat, an engine and four nets. Engines were not distributed to people in areas where fishermen traditionally operate their boats manually. Thus, in Nagapattinam, the community received 95 boats, engines and sets of nets, whereas in Cuddalore 73 vessels were supplied without engines.
As soon as their requirements had been identified, the fishermen helped to design the boats and monitored the building work. They themselves chose the suppliers. Following a call for tender, they considered all bids, in cooperation with local and international NGOs. The Purchase Committee finalized the purchase of the equipment and chose to accept orders from Indian suppliers only.
In this way, funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department also supported local suppliers. More importantly, this collaboration helped the fishermen rebuild their lives in a durable way.
(Adapted from an account by Plan International)