Oxfam financed the project, and the main goal is the creation of Small and Medium enterprises. Beneficiaries were able to participate in training, coaching sessions and also mock unit visits in two phases. As a result, they prepared their business plans, registered businesses, hired people and broke sales records.
During the realisation of the project, Covid Pandemic was one of the significant challenges. Most training sessions were conducted under the government’s operational security procedures; some of them were halfway dropped.
Currently, the facilitators are engaged with grant provision activities and one-to-one unit visit counselling. Business development is being evaluated against the business plan prepared. Sales, employment generation and new businesses registered after the training could be presented as a realistic outcome of the project.
Numinda Thanthirige is one of the Senior National Experts of the CEFE International, a Senior Master Trainer of the CEFE Net Sri Lanka, and the former most successful honorary secretary to the same association. He currently serves as a managing partner for the Management Consultancy Consortium supported by CEFE licensed Trainers in Sri Lanka.