Stories

"I am father and mother to my son and now, thanks to my business, I can buy him what he needs"

Behind the beaming smile and this strong looking woman, there is a different story of daily struggle and a past clouded by growing up during Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war.  Aged 19, she was hit by shrapnel from a bomb blast and has a visible welt ..

Amaya Batik: Promoting batiks made from organic dyes

Amaya Natural Batik is a start-up owned by Mrs. Shiromi Pathirana with the mission of promoting batiks made of organic dyes. The enterprise was initiated in 2015 and has generated four employment opportunities to date — two for female breadwinners ..

Art from Waste: Gemstone Studio Crest Mineral Creations

Indika Weragoda, an entrepreneur and extraordinary individual, creates art from the remains of gemstone production; Sri Lanka’s seventh largest export. In Weragoda’s factory in Buttala, in the rural south of Sri Lanka, rock dust is turned into pi..

Bro' gets a 'Sis: The Men's Underwear Startup 'Shani Apparel'

After eleven years of working for local clothing manufacturers, when marraige meant she had to shift from her home town,Shanika decided to start her own business. Having analyzed the local textile market, she discovered the sector was saturated. Men'..

Selvamalar’s Story

Selvamalar runs a successful food processing business in Mullaitivu. She currently employs 8 women and runs a certified kitchen with established market links. Selvamalar knows only too well the hardships of life, having survived a war, multiple dis..