Sowing SEEDS

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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