Micro-Finance Scheme

The Trustees of HELP have been interested for some time in the possibility of getting involved in a microfinance scheme on the East Coast of Sri Lanka to help women in the villages develop small businesses and support their families more comfortably.

In their visit of February 2007, the Trustees met the Country Director of Relief International, a major NGO involved in micro-finance schemes, and were invited to participate in a new micro-finance scheme that is to be established in a village to be built in the environs of Pottuvil. HELP has provided funding to the scheme, which provides very small loans to 30 families at minimal interest rates. to enable them to establish and develop sustainable businesses.

On their visit in 2009 and 2010, our Trustees met Raji, the local director of the microfinance scheme, and a number of the women who continue to benefit from the scheme.  It remains an astonishingly successful project, with single mothers from the poorest villages transforming their lives and those of their children.  HELP has been able to provide funds to train new co-ordinators, essential to the establishment of new groups, and to fund the insurance policies that are required to ensure that support is maintained to families in the event of injury or premature deth of the mother.

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Achievements to date

HELP has provided a monthly bursary to the Swami Vipulananda Home from 2006 to assist with its ongoing expenses and to employ an after-school IT teacher for the boys. We also provided funding to assist with the setting up of a sustainable farm run by the boys. The Home is now funded by other donors and no longer needs our support.

HELP has been actively providing medical and other equipment to the local hospital in Thirrukovil, which services a large population of Ampara District.
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Latest news

March 2018

The trustees agreed to fund an exciting new project in the village of Navtakadu. It involves the refurbishment of an old military barracks to provide the village with a pre- and post-school educational facility and a vocational centre for women looking to learn sewing and other skills.

February 2018

As in previous years, we were delighted to buy the girls in the Amman Mahaleer Home new clothes an school equipment for the year ahead. we also bougt new bed covers for them.

August 2017

Amy Anfilogoff and friends visited the Home and spent a wonderful day with the young girls.

April 2017

At the request of the Amman Mahaleer Orphanage, we provided funds to buy a new generator for the Home. In February, we provided funds for the girls to buy new clothes and school equipment.

June 2016

Following their visit to Sri Lanka last year to see our projects, two of our keenest supporters, Ros and Malcolm Nattrass, have kindly offered to open up their (stunning) gardens to friends and family to raise money for HELP. We'll post photos after the event and hope the weather is kind on the day...

March 2016

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have arranged to fund the bank accounts of 19 of the young girls at the Amman Mahaleer girls home to provide them with a start in life when they leave at the age of 18. The donors have agreed to provide Rps50,000 to each of the girls (c£250) over a period of up to three years. We have informed the Principal of the Home that we are keen to provide similar support to any new girls who join the home.

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