Sumanawathi lives in Hakahinna area with her husband and two sons. The two sons who have been recently employed and currently they have a family income of LKR 25,000.
Sumanawathi joined BMI in 2010 December by obtaining a loan of LKR 25,000. She used this loan to repair the three-wheeler that they used to hire. Three-wheeler renting was their main income source. As the income was not enough for the day today needs of the family of four, her husband is engaged in farming as well. Now, Sumanawathi is taking another loan of LKR 50,000 from BMI from which she plans replace the roof of the three wheeler and service the engine.
Sumanawathi wishes to continue the three wheeler renting business, to keep a regular household income since farming generates a seasonal income. She wants to earn good money so that she could help her children and have a reasonably comfortable retirement when she and her husband get old.