This 2011 summer brought new opportunities for CERI’s Sri Lankan foster parents who have their own businesses. “Bridging Business in Batti, Trade Fair 2011” was held for 3 days in July and featured 150 stalls displaying the products and services of several companies, including local, national, and international entrepreneurs. The event was supported by the Central and Provincial government and mainly focused on the products and services sector for markets involving agriculture, livestock, fishing, and tourism. There were participants from various sectors including farmer organizations, trade associations, milk producers, corporate businesses, service sectors, school students, and entrepreneurs both local and national. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) helped to sponsor the event and invited CERI’s Women’s Small Group microenterprise program to exhibit their self-employment projects. Mrs. Shanthakumary and Mrs. Subaitha had the opportunity to display their products at the exhibition. The event was such a great success that even the Chief Minister, Mr. Santhirakanthan, visited the women’s pottery hut and got some details about their pottery business. Thank you for supporting these women with foster children to succeed with their small business ventures. Please continue to help women like these succeed by giving today.
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