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Mrs. Selvaranjani – Best Entrepreneur - Agriculture Regional Winner (Trincomalee Region)

Mrs. Selvaranjani – Valachchenai Branch
Best Entrepreneur - Agriculture
Regional Winner (Trincomalee Region)

Mrs. Selvaranjani is involved in agribusiness and joined Berendina in 2014 in order to receive a loan to expand her business activities. At present, she is a successful entrepreneur and has received her 3rd loan from Berendina.

“My expectation of becoming success in agriculture activity by investing the loan from Berendina and expanding the activities has realized. At present, I have coconut, papaw and green chili planted in vast plot of lands. 200 papaw trees are planted in quarter acre land while coconut trees are planted in a 3-acre land. We have planted 3,000 green chili plants. We earn a considerable profit which support my whole family. I make a monthly net profit of Rs. 70,000,” says Mrs. Selvaranjani.

Mrs. Selvaranjani has also participated in various training sessions organized by Enterprise Development Services including mushroom cultivation and ginger cultivation. She recently commenced dairy business as well raring cows, goats and chicken. “I hope to expand my business activities in future by planting alternative crop with papaya. I also hope to learn on pest control which will greatly help my agriculture activities,” exclaims Mrs. Selvaranjani.

Mrs. Lurthumary – Best Entrepreneur – Animal Husbandry Regional Winner (Trincomalee Region)

Mrs. Lurthumary – Valachchenai Branch
Best Entrepreneur – Animal Husbandry
Regional Winner (Trincomalee Region)

Mrs. Lurthumary has been a dairy farm for a considerable period. She joined Berendina in 2016 and received her first loan to expand her dairy business activities. Her hard work and investing on right time made a successful entrepreneur. At present, she has received her 3rd loan from Berendina.

“My husband is employed in Middle East. I have 2 children. It has been 8 years for my dairy business. I have expanded this business utilizing the loans received from Berendina. I have 4 best variety cows. I also built the cattle shed using Berendina loan amount. The drainage system is built according to the best practices of a dairy farm. I have grown Azalea grass in a plot of land for cows. I single handedly manage all activities related to my dairy and sell the milk to MILCO,” says Mrs. Lurthumary with excitement.

Mrs. Lurthumary has participated in many training sessions organized by Enterprise Development Services including money management and business improvement. She has also built a big gas unit with the financial assistance of Berendina and use it for household purposes.

“I have tried to install a bio gas unit in the past and it was futile due to lack of knowledge and financial support. Due to the excellent support provided by Berendina in installing and using bio gas unit, it is being installed perfectly now. Now I'm using it daily for general purposes of home and my electricity bill and fuel expenses (less usage of kerosene for water heating, cooking, etc.) have been reduced drastically. Along with dairy activities, I have started home gardening and use the compost released from bio gas unit as fertilizer. I also tried making curd in the past but it was not cost effective using L.P gas and I gave up the idea. After the installation of bio gas unit, I have commenced curd production once again,” exclaims Mrs. Lurthumary. She earns a monthly net profit of Rs. 38,000. She hopes to expand the curd making and selling business in a bigger scale.

Mrs. Indrawathi Best Small Entrepreneur Regional Winner (Anuradhapura Region)

Mrs. Indrawathi – Thirappane Branch
Best Small Entrepreneur 
Regional Winner (Anuradhapura Region)

Mrs. Indrawathi involved in the production and selling pottery products for a long time and became a Microfinance Client of Berendina in 2009. With the right investment plans for her loans received from Berendina and dedicated work, she has become one of the successful entrepreneurs of BMIC. At present she is in the 6th loan cycle from Berendina; she also produces clay pots and other utensils that can be used on L.P.G. stoves as well as selling fresh vegetables.

Mrs. Indrawathi has given employment for 2 villagers full time and her husband distribute the products to other shops in various places in the region. On his return to home, he brings fresh vegetables to sell in their shop purchasing directly from farmers.

Mrs. Indrawathi has participated at various training sessions organized by the Enterprise Development Service (EDS) of Berendina such as Improve Your Business (IYB), Success in Money Management (SIM) and Viyabara Jaya. The knowledge she gained from participating at these trainings has enabled her to run her business well organized and very successfully. She also won the Best Micro Entrepreneur Award for her region in 2015 organized by Berendina.

Mrs. Vajira Kumari Dissanayake, Best Entrepreneur – Animal Husbandry Regional Winner (Anuradhapura Region)

Mrs. Vajira Kumari Dissanayake – Thirappane Branch
Best Entrepreneur – Animal Husbandry 
Regional Winner (Anuradhapura Region)

Mrs. Vajira Kumari Dissanayake joined Berendina in 2014 in order to obtain a loan to commence her dairy farm business activity. Her hard work paid off as her business has been generating substantial income for her and at present, she is in her fourth loan cycle from Berendina.

Mrs. Vajira Kumari Dissanayake’s dairy farm has 10 cows of the best variety. The milk collection is anywhere around 50 to 60 liters per day. The collected milk is sold to Nestle and on weekends, milk is sold to villagers as well. She and her husband work fulltime in the farm. She has also participated in various training and awareness sessions conducted by Enterprise Development Services (EDS) of Berendina. She also constructed a biogas unit at home and manage her fuel consumption for cooking by this initiative.

Mrs. Vajira Kumari Dissanayake hopes to expand her dairy business by buying 10 more cows to the farm and commence making curd and yogurt for selling to shops. This will be an alternative business activity for her in future.

Mrs. Thakshila Damayanthi, Best Micro Entrepreneur, Regional Winner (Anuradhapura Region)

Mrs. Thakshila Damayanthi – MaNuPa Branch
Best Micro Entrepreneur 
Regional Winner (Anuradhapura Region)

Mrs. Thakshila Damayanthi has been involved in the production and selling Masala powder and Bites packs and joined Berendina to receive a loan to expand her business activities. The continued success of her business made her to receive more loans (at present, she is on her fourth loan cycle) and expand her business activities which has grown with fame in the region. 

Mrs. Thakshila Damayanthi also commenced packing and selling noodles packs which contain dry vegetable pieces’ pack produced by her. She purchases noodles in bulk from large scale manufacturers and pack for retail consumption. Her husband is fully involved in the production works. The couple have given full time employment for 3 people for packing work while another 2 for distribution activities. They have 2 lorries for distribution network covering 400 shops in 14 locations in the Anuradhapura District.

Mrs. Thakshila Damayanthi has participated in various training sessions organized by the Enterprise Development Services (EDS) of Berendina. The business brings them a monthly net profit of Rs. 80,000. The couple plans to purchase 2 more vehicles as well as put up a new building in a land belongs to them and expand their production and distribution activities in future.

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