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Berendina to crown ‘Best Entrepreneurs’

04th August 2017: Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd (BMI) and Berendina Micro Investments Company (BMIC) has announced that its seventh edition of the awards programme to recognize outstanding entrepreneurship is slated to be held in October 2017. The competition organized by BMI and BMIC, which work towards eradicating poverty by facilitating access to finance and enterprise development services for those under the poverty line, is held once every alternate year. 

Titled 'Best Entrepreneur Awards 2017', the contest will be conducted for national and regional level under five awarding categories namely Best Small Entrepreneurs, Best Micro Entrepreneur, Best Upcoming Entrepreneur, Best Entrepreneur for Agriculture and Best Entrepreneur for Animal Husbandry.

The BMI branch locations gaining eligibility for the contest will be four branches in Kegalle region, five branches in Anuradhapura region, four branches in Nuwara-Eliya region, four branches in Trincomalee region and four branches from the Batticaloa region. 

Speaking about the upcoming event, BMIC Director and General Manager, Charith Fernando said branch-level Micro Finance Officers (MFOs) would be responsible to support and guide applicants and submit applications from their village and estate clusters while the Branch Managers & Enterprise Development Officers would be responsible to choose applicants.

“At both the Regional level as well as the National level, the selected applications from branches will be assessed by external independent evaluators,” Fernando added.

At National BMI & BMIC Level, selected applications from all regions will be considered for national level selection. At the national level, one entrepreneur for each category will be selected as a winner leading to 5 winners being recognized at national level as best entrepreneurs.

The Best Entrepreneur Awards which was last held in the year 2015, recognised 170 entrepreneurs from 17 branches in 6 districts. In the year 2016 alone, BMI has trained a total of over 30,000 entrepreneurs of whom a majority were women. The purpose of these training programs are to empower participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to start and continue a business activity with an objective of improving their living standards through the generation of a steady flow of income. 

 

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BMI motivates rural entrepreneurs

30th July 2017: The Thambalagamam branch of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd. recently organized a mega motivational training programme on ‘Effective entrepreneurship development’. The event, held on Sunday, 30th July 2017 at the Thambalagamam - Aadhi Koneshwara Mahavidyalayam from 9 am to 4.30 pm, attracted a participation of 167 clients.

The training programme which was attended by a majority of women was conducted by the Senior Lecturer at Jaffna University, Dr. Ramasamy Pushpakaanthan.

The objective of the programme was to empower and enhance the knowledge and skill sets of the participants on effective Entrepreneurship Development. The program was also aimed at motivating to transform their mindset towards entrepreneurship-oriented development and to educate them of the ways and means to achieve their goals.

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Berendina Akkaraipattu marks First Year Anniversary

29th July 2017: The Akkaraipattu branch of Berendina Micro Investments Company Ltd (BMIC) successfully celebrated its first-year Anniversary on 29th July 2017. To commemorate the day, the staff at the branch engaged in a benevolent activity by donating 21 pairs of shoes for school children with special needs at Ramakrishna Mission Maha Vidyalaya, Akkaraipattu.

The staff of the branch also spent time with the children during the event graced by Asia / Pacific Regional Director of Whole Planet Foundation, Claire Kelly as the Special Guest. Berendina’s Operations Manager, Miss. Y.Rajany and Area Manager- Batticaloa, Mr. A.Ajith Sri  were also present at the event organised to mark the Anniversary.

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OBT program for BMI employees

July 21, 2017: Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd. recently afforded opportunity to 30 of its employees to participate in a two-day outbound training program conducted by the Wayamba Outbound Training (OBT) Center.

The OBT programs, held on July 21 and 22, 2017 at the Nikawaratiya, Wannigama Training Center, was attended by employees from Thirappane, Ipalogama and Bulathkohupitiya branches.

The objectives of the program were to motivate participants, inculcate leadership attitudes, personality development and train the art of working effectively together to achieve specified tasks. 

This event was coordinated by Outbound Training Adviser Mr. Sampath Sri Ekanayake at the Wayamba Training Center. 

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Berendina recognizes academic achievements of vulnerable youth

23rd of June 2017: Berendina Employment Centre (BEC) in collaboration with World Vision (WV) recently conducted the certificate awarding ceremony to recognize 41 students who completed the Professional Skills Development Program in Batticaloa.

The Awards ceremony was held on Friday 23rd of June 2017 at PHPF training center in Kiran in the Batticaloa district.

The ceremony was conducted with the patronage of General Manager of BEC - Mr. Hemantha Harischandra and District Manager of BEC in Batticaloa - Mr. Thinesh. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion included a Volunteer teacher from Germany - Ms. Tofias Anne, Founder of People Helping People Foundation – Mr. Francis, Sunrise Hotel Pasikudah Jetwing’s Front Office Manager - Mr. Sathees, Training & Development Executive at Sunrise Hotel –Mr. Suranga, Youth service officers in the Kiran division and parents and other invitees.

The Professional Skills Development Program, a three-month full time Diploma course in English, Life skills and ICT was inaugurated on 14th March 2017 in the Batticaloa District. The program implemented by People Helping People Foundation was targeted at the youth between ages of 17 – 25 who had qualified in their O/Ls and or completed A/Ls.

Out of the 41 students who completed the programme, 19 have been selected by companies for jobs through BEC-organized job fairs, 15 students have been directed by 2 institutions for their higher education and 07 students have expressed interest to join an internship at Jetwing Hotel’s management programme.

The objective of the program is to develop professional skills including effective communication skills (spoken and written) and presentation skills of the participating youth. The goal is to produce self-confident individuals who would master inter-personal skills, team management skills, and leadership skills. It will also assist them in developing broad career plans, evaluate employment market, identify the organizations to gain better placements and match the job requirements with their skills.

BEC and WV were the funding collaborators of the program which was conducted at Kiran in Batticaloa. The total course for the programme was Rs. 820, 000.00 in which WV contributed 25% of the total course fees and BEC bearing the balance sum.

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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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