Hiripitiyage Ayesha Geethanjali is a member of Owitigama 3 Center of our Padukka branch. In the beginning, she was employed as a nursing officer at a hospital and she often had to do night shifts. As a result, she was overworked and had no time left for her families. After Hiripitiyage lost her job, she heard about Sejaya from a neighbor and joined our awareness meetings. She obtained her first loan of Rs.25,000/- in August 2015 which she used to buy materials to start her sewing business. She started to supply readymade garments to the orders of wholesale vendors of Pamunuwa, Maharagama.
As her sewing business gradually improved, she continued to obtain loans amounting to LKR 135,000/- from Sejaya after she repaid her first loan. In 2017, she obtained another loan of Rs.75,000/- which she used to buy an overlock sewing machine. In 2018 and 2019, she obtained LKR 200,000/- loan and continued partnerships with Sejaya and expanded her business to two employees and even ventured into new business providing meals to students.
Nowadays, she is a successful micro-entrepreneur and also a happy mother with 3 kids. Moreover, she also feels content that she is able to help her husband to become an entrepreneur like herself, giving employment to two workmen.