Renuka is a continuing BMI client from Ippalagama area in the Anuradhapura district. She, her husband (in the photo) and two children live in a small single bedroom temporary house. Approximately 3 years ago she and her husband began to keep chickens in order to supplement the family food consumption and then income by selling eggs. At the moment the monthly income from this venture is approximately Rs 12,000.
In November 2010 Renuka became a BMI client with a loan of Rs 25,000 to get the business off the ground. Since that intial investment the business has been growing steadily. So, in March 2012 she took a loan of Rs 50,000 to develop the venture further, increasing the quantity of poultry she manages. Given previous success at increasing income, she hopes to obtain a loan of Rs 75,000 in order to purchase more poultry, feed and other materials to develop the business venture further.