Sowing SEEDS

Government sponsored welfare schemes like Samurdhi promise to help thousands jump the poverty trap. But experts say welfare systems alone, won’t eradicate poverty. Micro finance institutions, however, have had better success. Government sponsored welfare schemes like Samurdhi promise to help thousands jump the poverty trap. But experts say welfare systems alone, won’t eradicate poverty. Micro finance institutions, however, have had better success. (Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka) – Nestled among the Indian ocean, tropical Sri Lanka is a heaven for mosquitoes.

Busy netting in some extra cash to supplement the
household income. Kanthi bought this overlock sewing machines from a
loan from SEEDS. LBO

Mosquitoes are also Godsend to budding entrepreneurs like Kanthi Perera, Proprietor of K&T, who make a living, churning out colourful nets to keep mozzies out during hot humid nights.

On a typical day, Kanthi starts work around 9.00 am, to cut and st