The Commercial Bank of Ceylon’s efforts to enhance financial literacy levels among micro-entrepreneurs reached distant Angunakolapelessa in the Hambantota District recently, when the Bank in collaboration with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka conducted a seminar for vegetable, paddy, and maize cultivators in the area.
The resource person for the programme was Mr Keerthi Dunuwila, the Senior Assistant Director of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, who is an experienced speaker on financial literacy and business development.
The programme was attended by the President of the Sri Saranatissa Society, Mr N. Wannigama, Commercial Bank’s Manager – Development Credit Department, Mr Malika De Silva, the Bank’s Ambalantota Branch Manager, Mr M. I. Priyankara, and other officials from the Bank.
Commercial Bank has been conducting awareness programmes for micro-entrepreneurs in different sectors of business in many areas of the country for the past seven years, and has helped more than 8,000 entrepreneurs to date through this series.
These programmes are supported by the Bank’s 16 Agriculture & Micro Finance Units which play a key role in helping the Bank to identify specific needs of entrepreneurs who require assistance to develop either their agriculture activities or micro businesses. These units are dedicated to promote agriculture lending and micro finance.
Commercial Bank’s Agriculture & Micro Finance Units (AMFU) are located in Ratnapura, Narammala, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Kilinochchi, Bandarawela, Wellawaya, Hingurakgoda, Galewela, Achchuveli, Vavuniya, Kattankudy, Tissamaharama, Neluwa, Pottuvil and Akkaraipattu.