In January 2011, a massive flood devastated many people in the country of Sri Lanka. The district of Batticaloa was hit especially hard. It was mostly destroyed by the 2005 Tsunami. This time the people of Batticaloa again lost their homes, businesses, and way of living. The devastation was great and the need of the people was evident, so CERI was glad to rise to the task of helping people rebuild their livelihoods and regain their self-reliance. Two of the wonderful people we are helping are Vasantha and Mrs. Manjula.
Vasantha is a sweet, 58-year-old Sri Lankan woman who is a foster mother of a child in CERI’s Foster Care program. She lives and works as a potter in Eravur, which is a very famous town for pottery in the Batticaloa district. After the flood, CERI gave Vasantha a 2nd loan of Rs. 20,000 ($200 USD) for her pottery business. She previously received a loan of Rs. 10,000 ($100 USD), which she had paid back in full before the flood. CERI gladly provided her with another loan due to the hardships the flood had caused. Vasantha expressed, “Now, I’ve started my business with confidence.”
Mrs. Manjula is a 40-year-old Hindu widow who lives in the town of Morakottanchenai. She has two children of her own plus three foster children who are all school aged. She has a small boutique and prepares snacks, as well. Because of the flood, she lost her business. After deciding to open her boutique again, CERI gave her a loan of Rs. 5,000 ($50 USD) to restart her boutique. Mrs. Manjula shared, “I am really happy to know that CERI considered our needs and is ready to support us to restart our livelihood program again. We are very thankful.”
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