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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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Nepal MFI’s keen to emulate Berendina's EDS model

30th March 2017: The Sakchyam Access to Finance for the Poor Programme (Sakchyam) in Nepal recently invited a Sri Lankan team from Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd (BMI) to conduct a feasibility study to replicate or adopt the Enterprise Development Services (EDS) model being implemented by the Berendina Group in Sri Lanka.

Berendina Group Chairman - Mr. Anura Athapattu and Berendina's Enterprise Development Manager - Mr. Rajesh Kanna were involved in the feasibility study conducted in Chitalang, Gulariya and Pyuthan of Rural Nepal from 20th to 24th of March 2017. 

“At the workshop held with Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and enterprise development practitioners, it was observed that they were keen to replicate the model while Sakchyam offered all their partner MFIs a grant funding to cover replication of the BMI – EDS model,” Berendina Chairman, Athapattu said on conclusion of the tour.

The BMI operation has supported thousands of families in Sri Lanka enhance income levels by implementing a unique “credit plus approach”. This is where credit is provided to individuals in the poorest strata of the society along with several other tied-up training services in a financially sustainable manner. As result of this, BMI was called upon to interact with Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Nepal to explore the feasibility of emulating the model to develop and support micro and small level enterprises in that country. 

BMI, a non-governmental-organization is one of Sri Lanka's top microfinance service providers and has a client base of over 100,000 persons spread in the remotest of regions in Sri Lanka.

Sakchyam is an initiative funded by UKaid as part of an agreement between the Governments of Nepal and the UK. It is implemented by Louis Berger for the Department for International Development (DFID Nepal) in partnership with local and international institutions.

The 5-year programme, valued at US$25.77 million, is working with the public and private sectors to leverage access and facilitate financial sector development in Nepal for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and for poor people with a focus on the Mid- and Far-Western Regions (MWDR and FWDR), and beyond. 

 

Berendina Stichting Chairman Visits the North

27th March 2017: Chairman of Berendina Stichting (BS), Mr. Jos Van Aggelen made an inspection tour of Berendina’s activities in the Northern province from 24th-26th March, 2017. 

The BS Chairman was accompanied by Director of Berendina Development Services (BDS) and Berendina Microfinance Institute (BMI) - Mr. Jagath Godakanda and the Actg. General Manager of Berendina Development Services (Gte) Ltd. - Dayantha Fernando.

Seen is a photograph captured during the BS Chairman’s visit to the Northern province. 

BEC inaugurates skills development program

14th March 2017: Berendina Employment Centre (BEC) in collaboration with World Vision (WV) recently held a ceremony to inaugurate the Professional Skills Development Program in Batticaloa District. 

According to this project, a three-month full time Diploma course in English and Life skills with ICTT will be facilitated and conducted by the implementing partner, People Helping People Foundation (PHPF) for over 100 youth participants. Those eligible to pursue the course will be youth with an age limit of 17 – 25, who have qualified in their O/Ls and or completed A/Ls. BEC and WV will be the funding collaborators of the program which will be conducted in Kiran in Batticaloa.

The inauguration ceremony of the course was held at the PHPF Training Centre in Batticaloa on Tuesday 14th of March 2017 with the patronage of District Manager of BEC in Batticaloa, Mr. Thinesh.

The event was also attended by Member of Parliament in the Batticaloa District - Mr. S. Vijalendran, Volunteer teacher from Germany - Ms. Jodith, Project Coordinator World Vision in Kiran - Mr. Jeyakumar, Youth service officers in the Kiran division and other invitees.

The youth who took part in the event were residents in the Divisional Secretariat Division of Vaalichchenai and Kiran in Batticaloa District.

The objective of the program is to develop 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, evaluating the employment market, identifying the organizations to gain betters placements and match the job requirements with the skill sets. 

The function concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by the PHPF staff Batticaloa

Berendina Chairman makes inspection tour of Anuradhapura District

March 7, 2017: Berendina Group Chairman Mr. Anura Athapattu paid an inspection tour of the Anuradhapura District in early March. The objective of the visit was to understand the impact made by Berendina and the improvements required in program work and organizational management. The Chairman was accompanied by BMI Area Manager for Anuradhapura District - Mr. Saman Wijesundara and Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd Environmental Coordinator, Mr. Kasun Dissanayake

BMI’s top staff performers tour Bangladesh & Thailand

10th January 2017: Thirteen of the best performing employees of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd. in 2014 were recently granted the opportunity of being part of a 05-day Microfinance exposure visit & training session in Bangladesh and a 4-days round trip to Thailand.
 
As part of the tour which took place in January 2017, the team from BMI made exposure visits to ASA, one of the leading microfinance institutions in Bangladesh and BRAC, a microfinance and development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty in Bangladesh.
 
“Every company needs a strategic reward system for employees that addresses employee recognition and appreciation. For this purpose, Berendina practices “Best Staff” selection program. This program has been conducted every year within the organization,” BMI's Head of Human Resources and Administration, Mr. Kapila Subasinghe said.
 
According to him, those selected were based on two eligibility criteria. One is based on the length of service with Berendina & the other taking into account of the appraisal marks scored at the Annual Performance Review of an employee.
 
“The objective of having criteria like this is to motivate, capacitate & retain the competent staff within Berendina,” Mr. Subasinghe added.
 
On a national level, Berendina has plans to select National level best staff and they will be given an overseas tour. This will be for field level best Micro Finance Officers (MFO) winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th places, best Branch Managers winners 01st & 2nd and best Enterprise Development Officer, Accounts & Admin Officer, Assistant Accounts & Admin Officer and best Area Manager. From the Head Office, the top performing staff are selected categorized by their division.
 
Meanwhile, a Rs. 10,000 (USD 66) cash award will be offered for regional best MFOs or next best MFOs. Those not eligible for overseas tours will be offered with a cash price of Rs. 10,000 (USD 66). Further, all selected best staff are given a letter of appreciation to officially recognize their achievement.
 
In addition to individual appreciation, the best branch is also selected based on a multi-dimensional criteria and cash price of Rs. 20,000 (USD 132) is offered. Accordingly, Ipalogama Branch located in Anuradapura District was selected as the Best Branch in the year 2014.

BMI bags Silver at CA Sri Lanka’s 52nd Annual Report Awards

6th December 2016: As a result of continuous improvements made in line with feedback received from CA Sri Lanka, the 2015 Annual Report of Berendina Microfinance Institute (Gte) Ltd clinched the “Silver award” at the 52nd Annual Report Awards ceremony organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), recently. 

This recognition for Berendina, one of the leading poverty alleviation agencies in the Non-Government Sector in Sri Lanka, was in the category of not-for-profit organizations. It was also the first award received by BMI at the coveted Competition, one of the most celebrated corporate events in the country and granted in appreciation of the cohesive, clear and customized reporting specially in terms of compliance reporting. The event held on 06th December 2016, was graced by Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Hon. Ravi Karunanayake.

In order to encourage and recognize excellence in annual reporting, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) has been organizing Annual Report Awards competition since 1964. With the intention of improving upon good governance and transparency in financial reporting, BMI has participated in this competition since 2012.

The competition which has created an important benchmark as an event that promotes transparency, good governance and social responsibility among corporates both big and small, was organized under the theme 'Precision Exemplified'.

The prestigious awards ceremony honored the most cohesive, clear and customized annual reports that best reflect an entity's operations, going beyond the statutory boundaries of reporting.