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THE WINNERS OF BEST ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS - 2019

MRS. M. WASANTHAKUMARI – NATIONAL TITLE WINNER – SMALL ENTREPRENEUR CATEGORY

Mrs. Wasanthakumari and her husband have been involved in the production of compost fertilizer and selling business for a long time. She became a BMIC client to obtain a loan and to expand her business activities. Her business establishment is registered as “M. V. K. Kanishka Compost Center”. In 2015, their company received the certification from Environmental Protection Authority as their products are harmless to the nature. They have purchased all equipment and machineries needed to successfully continuing the production activities through Berendina loans.  Their hard work has made them success in their business activities. M. V. K. Kanishka Compost Center won the first price at the Govijana Abimana – 2018 Presidential Award for compost fertilizer.
Mrs. Wasanthakumari is on her 4th loan cycle and has participated in many training sessions organized by Enterprise Development Services (EDS) of Berendina. 15 employees are working at the M. V. K. Kanishka Compost Center and earning a monthly profit of Rs. 210,000. Their products are marketed in whole Eastern province as well as Anuradhapura, Nuwara Eliya, Puttalam and other parts of the country. Mrs. Wasanthakumari hopes to expand her business furthermore and produce variety of compost fertilizers in future. 

 

MR. H. A. JAYATHILAKE – NATIONAL TITLE WINNER – MICRO ENTREPRENEUR CATEGORY

Mr. Jayathilake became a BMIC client in 2011 to expand the business activities of his tailor shop. He is successfully running his tailoring and clothes selling shop which is registered as “Jayathilake Smart Tailors” and his brand name is JST Fashion.” He has received his 5th loan from Berendina and has invested on the expansion of his business activities.
Mr. Jayathilake has undergone a training on tailoring conducted in Katubedda. Though he has started his tailoring business, the loans from Berendina has helped him to change the business into operationally successful. At present, three are full time employed and 2 are part time employees at Jayathilake Smart Tailors. They stitch shirts, shorts, blouses, skirts, pants as well as school uniforms. They also undertake private orders from other clothing establishments.
Mr. Jayathilake has received many trainings conducted by Enterprise Development Services (EDS) of Berendina. Improve Your Business (IYB) workshop and curtain stitching are few of them. Now he undertakes custom made curtain finishing for homes and companies. He earns a monthly profit around Rs. 82,000. He hopes to expand the tailor shop into a mini garment in future and provide more employment opportunities for youth. 

 

MRS. S. S. S. SILVA – NATIONAL TITLE WINNER- UPCOMING ENTREPRENEUR CATEGORY

Mrs. Silva became a BMIC client in 2016 to obtain a loan to commence her brick production business activity. It became a profitable venture and she obtained her second loan and continue the business for sometimes. She later though to establish a business that would be something unique to her and got her third loan and invested in commencing a fruit juice parlour. 
Before commencing her business venture, Mrs. Silva visited other fruit juice selling shops and studied the nature of business such as operational success, where they purchase fruits from, customers' preferences, taste, use of preservatives, etc.  Before she opened the business there weren't any fruit juice selling shops in Kebathigollawa town. With Berendina loan, she has purchased cooler and mixer which are needed for the operation of the business. She buys fruits from Sunday fair and use only fresh fruits by buying every other day. She earns a monthly profit of Rs. 30,000 from this business activity.
Mrs. Silva has successfully participated in many training sessions conducted by Enterprise Development Services (EDS) of Berendina including Money Management and Business Victory. She hopes to participate in cake making and yogurt making training sessions in future and produce them and sell in her juice parlour in future. 

 

MR. NALIN ANURUDDA KUMARA MUNAWEERA – NATIONAL TITLE WINNER- AGRICULTURE CATEGORY

Mr. Nalin Munaweera became a Berendina client in 2013 to expand his agri-business activities. He has net houses in which he grows flowers, vegetable cultivation as well as fruits production. He is well known in Kothmale for his fresh fruits and vegetables and sell for big establishments including Cargills as well as other bigtime markets such as Manning Market and Dambulla Economic Center. 
At present, Mr. Nalin Munaweera has cultivated in 2 and half acre land. Tomatoes, green chilies, capsicum as well as beans are cultivated and harvested every month. He has grown orange, tangerines, guava, papaw, soursop, banana and butter fruit trees in 1-acre land. He also has 4 cows and collects 20-25 liters of milk every day which is sold to MILCO company.
Mr. Nalin Munaweera has fixed a Bio Gas unit at his premises and use it for general needs of the house. It was made through the financial assistance of Berendina. At present, he has 5 full time employees and 3 part-time employees working in the cultivation and activities. He has under gone various trainings and field visits organized by Enterprise Development Services (EDS) of Berendina including Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) and field visit to Gannoruwa Agriculture Technology Park. He earns a monthly net profit of Rs. 60,000 every month. He hopes to produce compost fertilizer in mass level through the waste of biogas and sell in big scale.


MRS. R. A. C. RAJAMANTHRI – NATIONAL TITLE WINNER- ANIMAL HUSBANDRY CATEGORY

Mrs. Rajamanthri obtained her first loan from Berendina in 2013 to establish a broiler chicken farm. This venture turned out to be a big profit making business and Mrs. Rajamanthri has obtained her fourth loan from Berendina.
The farm is established in 1-acre land belong to her. At present, the farm has 5,000 broiler chickens and 1,000 egg layers' chickens. The eggs are sold to village groceries run by Berendina clients as well as to her brother who is involved in egg distribution business. She also owns 15 cattle including 8 cows. Collected fresh milk is sold to MILCO.
Mrs. Rajamanthri has participated many training sessions conducted by Enterprise Development Services (EDS) of Berendina including hygiene farming and health protection, food processing, footwear making, money management as well as field visit to Ambewela Farm. 2 employees are working in the farm full time as well as one person works part time. The monthly profit of her business is Rs. 150,000 and passes well over Rs. 1.5 million annually.  Mrs. Rajamanthri hopes expand her business in future to cater the ever growing demand for broiler chickens as well as eggs.