Tsunami affected women in Hambantota District have actively participated in women entrepreneurial training programmes conducted to empower women entrepreneurship and they are willing to come up with various businesses in the future, according to Industrial Development Board (IDB) sources.
IDB in conjunction with Urban Development Authority, Presidential Coordinating Unit, Hambantota Municipal Council and Irrigation and Water Management Ministry have kicked off their maiden entrepreneurial assisting and training programme for the year at Hambantota on April 6.
`Previously Hambantota was a less developed and underperforming district and the situation became worse after the Tsunami. Now we see residents in Hambantota eager to develop the area while setting up new businesses and improving the existing ones. They got the maxim use of the training and awareness programmes and also have inculcated positive attitudes,` said Leather Products and Footwear Centre Director L. P. S. Karunadasa speaking to The Island Financial Review.
Under the `Diriya Kantha Deathe Saviya` programme, women in the Hambantota District would be grouped under particular industries such as coir, garment, bridal work, handcrafts etc. and they would be trained sectorwise. `These entrepreneurs will be provided with capital funds to start up businesses and will be assisted throughout the three years period,` said Karunadasa.
The programme will be taken to the other districts as well and the next would be the Ratnapura District.
`We thought of commencing the programme in Hambantota because that place could be envisaged as a fast growing hub with a number of development initiatives in the pipeline,` he added.