Rinusha is a 22 year old Media Studies undergraduate of the University of Jaffna, and a budding young entrepreneur. After the end of the war when the Industrial Development Board (IDB) offered candle-making classes Rinusha enrolled herself for the class as she saw an opportunity to enhance her family income through this small home industry.
Once Rinusha finished her candle-making course at the IDB, she approached the Parish Priest of the church nearby; the church offered to buy Rinusha’s candles for 3 rupees per candle. The only thing which held back Rinusha from giving full expression to her enterprising nature was the lack of a capital of 5000 rupees to buy a candle mould.
News of her desire to seek a livelihood loan for her candle-making enterprise was conveyed to the Business Development Unit of Alliance Development Trust (ADT) through the IDB. The Business Development Unit was happy to offer a repayable loan to this budding young entrepreneur. Rinusha was soon in the business of making candles and generating an income from it. To date, Rinusha has made 2000 candles for various church festivals.
The church supplies recycled wax at 5 rupees per kilogram to Rinusha who would have otherwise paid 250 rupees per kilogram to the wax suppliers. It takes 1 hour to make candles from 1 kilo of wax. By investing 50 hours of work in her first month, Rinusha made a net profit of 5000 rupees and was able to pay back her loan.
Rinusha is excited at her success of managing her own profitable cottage industry, while attending to her studies. The income she makes is useful for her education and helps support her mother and father. In the future, Rinusha aspires to be a teacher of media studies or work in a media institution. Who knows what other windows of opportunity would light up for Rinosha!
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