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BMI organizes hygiene program for Children

12th June 2017: The Kothmale branch of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd (BMI) organized a Hygienic education and promotional session for children on 12th of June 2017 at the Mallanda Community Hall in Kothmale. The training session was conducted by the Medical Officer of Health for Hapugasthalawa, Mr.Kirimanna.

More than 25 children actively participated in the program where the training focused on educating children on the importance of cleaning hands, oral hygiene and other basic hygienic practices. 

BMI Microfinance Officer, Mr. Ajith, who received guidance from the BMI Kothmale branch - Branch Manager was the key coordinator of this programme. 

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Berendina holds ‘Soup Dansela’ in Thirappane

10th June 2017: The staff of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd (BMI) in the Anuradhapura region organized a ‘Soup Dansela’ (alms giving stall) recently to mark the celebration of Poson Poya Day, which is of great religious significance to the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

The ‘Dansela’ was held near the Thirappane Maradankawala Mawatha on the 10th of June 2017 from 10.30am to 3.00PM and attracted the participation of around 3000 persons. The event was a grand success. 

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Berendina & HSBC staff conduct ‘Shramadana’ campaign

03rd June 2017: The employees of the Berendina Group from Berendina Development Services (BDS) and staff members of HSBC recently organized a 'Shramadana' campaign at the construction site of the planned water project in Kanadararathmale Village belonging to the Kahatagasdigiliya Divisional Secretariat division. The event which was also participated by the members of the general public was held on the 3rd of June, 2017.

Participants engaged in both earth filling and preparation of foundation for the project site. Improving the social cohesion among the village community and the HSBC staff was also a major objective of this event, organisers said.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a prevailing issue especially in the North-Central province with the lack of clean drinking water being regarded as a major factor in the spread of the disease. 

One step under the “Manudiya Saviya” is the water project in Kanadararathmale Village which plans to facilitate access for safe drinking water to over 280 families in the area by purifying water through the RO filter mechanism. HSBC has made a financial contribution through its Corporate Sustainability to make this social work a success. 

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BDS assures prestigious care for 98 elders

May 2017: As the elders specially from rural and plantation areas are facing difficulties and inconveniences when they visit places such as hospitals, public transport, banks and postal services etc. to get things done, Berendina Development Services (BDS) recently intervened in issuing elder's identity cards for 98 elders in Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat (DS) both plantation and rural areas. 

More often elders have to wait hours or a whole day to acquire public services without concerning their health discomforts. It is obvious that the group of people in the society which needs the optimum attention and care have been marginalized. 

Among the total number of elders who received their Identity Cards, there were 63 elders from the estates Abbotsleigh, Carolina, Lonach, Vellaioya, Dickoya, Templestowe, Shannon and Strathdon respectely. In addition, 35 elders were from the rural villages of Ambagamuwa DS Division. 

This initiative was conducted with the collaboration of Social Services Department and Ambagamuwa (DS) office. With this opportunity, elders would be privileged to be served prestigiously in public serving places while restoring their dignity.

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BMIC Kaluwanchikudy holds first trade fair

11th April 2017: The Kaluwanchikudy Branch of Berendina Micro Investment Company (BMIC), in conjunction with the Berendina Employment Centre (BEC) conducted its first trade and job fair on 11th April, 2017 close to the Kaluwanchikudy Agriculture Department at Pandiruppu Junction.

This event, held from 9 am to 4 pm, was jointly organised by the staff of the Kaluwanchikudy branch and the Head office. The event was participated by around 40 traders with each Trader earning an average of LKR 3000.00.  

“As most of the producers didn't have exposure to trade fair they were shy to sell the goods to buyers and BMIC staff assisted them to sell the goods,”organisers said.

The objective of the fair was to support clients to sell their products while providing an exposure to clients in approaching wide range of consumer base. Meanwhile BEC registered 16 youths for Jobs at the job fair.

Trader T. Sivakolunthu had heist sale for the day.

 

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BMI Dehiowita branch holds Mini Trade Fair & Job Fair

11th of April 2017: The Dehiowita branch of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd (BMI) organised a Mini Trade Fair and a Mini Job Fair on the on 11th of April at Good market venue near the Dehiowita Pradeshiya Sabawa. The event, held from 9 am to 4 pm as planned by Dehiowita branch and Head office, was the first trade fair held by the branch for the year 2017 and was jointly conducted by the Berendina Employment Center (BEC) and BMI.

The event was participated by around 25 traders with each Trader earning an average of LKR 4,400.00. Ten other traders earned more than LKR 4,000.00.

“As most of the producers didn’t have exposure to trade fair they were shy to sell the goods to buyers and BMI staff assisted them to sell the goods. They provided price boards and helped them to attract buyers,” organisers said.
The event proved to be a grand success.

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Joint trade fair by BMI Valaichenai & BMIC Chenkalady

08th April 2017: The Valaichenai Branch of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd (BMI), in coordination with the Chenkalady branch of Berendina Micro Investments (BMIC) conducted a trade fair on 08th April, 2017 in front of the BMI Office in Valaichenai.

The Trade fair, which commenced at 9.30 am was graced by Chief Guest Mr. Thangevel, Personal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Production & Health, Irrigation and Fisheries and Mr.Prabaharan, Instructor at the Department of Agriculture.

The Branch Manager of the Chengaladi's BMI branch, Mr. Arjun, who delivered the welcome address outlined the Berendina Credit programme, the EDS activities and the objectives of the Trade Fair.

Around 50 Entrepreneurs took part in showcasing their products in this event which was jointly organised by the staff of the region and the Head office. The event attracted many buyers form the region. 

The objective of the fair was to support clients to sell their products while providing an exposure to clients in approaching wide range of consumer base. The event proved to be a grand success.

K.Pathmanathan who sold dresses had heist sales for the day. 

 

 

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BMI Thirappane branch holds ‘SURATHSAVIYA’ Fair

08th April 2017: The Thirappane Branch of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd (BMI), in coordination with Berendina Employment Centre conducted a mini trade fair titled "SURATHSAVIYA" and job fair on the 08th April, 2017 at the Thirappane Public Market premises. 

This event, held from 9 am to 4 pm, was jointly organised by the staff of the Thirappane branch and the Head office. The event was participated by around 50 traders with each Trader earning an average of LKR 7000.00.  The staff of the BMI assisted the traders to attract buyers with the use of a public speaking system.

The objective of the fair was to support clients to sell their products while providing an exposure to clients in approaching wide range of consumer base while the job fair sought to link job providers with seekers. At the fair, 15 Youths were registered into a job database with interviews being scheduled.

The client Anil Kumara who sold pottery items had heist sales for the day. 

 

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BMI Thampalakamam branch organises Blood Donation camp

07th April 2017: The Thampalakamam branch of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd. (BMI) held a Blood Donation Camp at the Thampalakamam Divisional Secretariat Office on the 07th of April 2017. The event was a grand success as it attracted a participation of around 50 persons.

The event was held to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the branch which opened its doors on 07th April 2012. 

Out of the 49 members who volunteered to donate blood for the program, only 34 members members were selected as the other volunteer donors did not meet the procedural criteria.

The event was mainly supported by the Serving Humanity Foundation in Kinniya. The staff of the branch, the Area Manager for the Trincomalee region also participated and supported the program.

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BMI Kahatagasdigiliya branch conducts Trade Fair

07th April 2017:  The Kahatagasdigiliya Branch of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd (BMI) conducted a mini trade fair titled "SURATHSAVIYA" and job fair on the 07th April 2017 in front of the Kahatagasdigiliya Pradeshiya Sabha premises.

The event, held from 9 am to 4 pm, was jointly organised by the staff of the Kahatagasdigiliya branch and the Head office.

The event, being the second trade fair held by the branch in the history. The event attracted participation from 54 traders out of which stocks belonging to 14 traders were fully sold. The traders earned an average income of over LKR 5000.00 during the day.

The objective of the job fair was to encourage and support BMI clients to sell their products through Berendina. Meanwhile, job fair saw the recruitment of Machine Operators and Helpers positions. The event was a grand success.

W.P.Chandralatha who sold pottery and dresses had heist sale for the day. 

 

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