Rasika first joined BMI in 2010 November by obtaining a loan of LKR 25,000. She obtained the loan to finance her tea cultivation. She bought new plants and fertilizer with the money. At present she has well developed small tea cultivation and she has started plucking the tea leaves as well. Her income from the business is around LKR 25,000 per month.
Since the business is successful she is now planning to expand the cultivation to the remaining bare parts of the land. To finance this, she is now taking her second BMI loan of LKR 50,000. She plans to use the money to do the required and improvement practices and buy new plants.
Rasika lives in the remote area called Arandara with her husband and little son. Her mother (in the photo) also lives with them. Her husband is a driver in a private company in the town. Since his income is not only sufficient to cover the family needs, Rasika hopes to continue with her tea cultivation to earn an additional income. She wishes to maintain a healthy cultivation and produce quality tea leaves to earn a better income. She is also hoping to save some money from the business for her kid’s future as well.