Manel and her husband live in the rural village called Hapugastenna. Manel works in the village hospital as a Hospital Attendant and her husband is not employed at present.
In 2011 February, Manel obtained her first loan of LKR 25,000 for Banana cultivation. She used it to prepare the land and purchase planting materials. The favorable climatic conditions, the demand in the market and the land availability had favored her to start this cultivation in the first place.The photograph shows Manel's Husband in their Banana cultivation. Throughout, Manel was able to earn around LKR 25,000 income per month from the cultivation.
Now, she has requested the second loan of LKR 50,000 from BMI to proceed with the replanting of the cultivation which is overdue. Manel plans to use this money to buy planting material, fertilizer and field preparation for re-planting.
She wants to develop this cultivation so that will bring them an additional income and a steadier income source at their retirement age.