Sam­path Bank em­pow­ers women en­trepreneur­s through ‘Saviya’ pro­gramme

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - MANAGEMENT/HR/STRATEGY -

First launched in 2013, the ‘Sam­path Saviya’ pro­gramme stands as the bank’s flag­ship en­trepreneur­ship devel­op­ment ini­tia­tive that aims to sup­port the govern­ment’s en­deav­our to de­velop the MSME sec­tor as a key growth cat­a­lyst for the na­tional econ­omy.

Since its in­cep­tion, the pro­gramme has been re­spon­si­ble for sup­port­ing over 2,500 MSME en­trepreneur­s, thereby trans­form­ing the lives of many com­mu­ni­ties across Sri Lanka. For 2019, the bank em­pha­sised on the groom­ing of women en­trepreneur­ship.

To­gether with the Sri Lanka Sinha Reg­i­ment Seva Vanitha Unit, an en­trepreneur­ship devel­op­ment pro­gramme was con­ducted to in­cul­cate en­trepreneur­ial skills in war wi­d­ows at the Am­be­pussa Army Camp. Fifty five par­tic­i­pants were part of this ex­er­cise for the bet­ter­ment of their com­mu­ni­ties. This was fa­cil­i­tated by Chan­dana Gu­nawar­dane, a hu­man po­ten­tial devel­op­ment trainer and au­thor, along with Sam­path Bank of­fi­cers.

The bank also con­ducted a busi­ness plan­ning work­shop in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ex­port Devel­op­ment Board to fur­ther de­velop the en­trepreneur­ial spirit of women en­trepreneur­s who were ready to ven­ture out into the vast po­ten­tials that ex­port mar­kets of­fer. A to­tal of 23 ex­port-ready women par­tic­i­pated in this work­shop, which was fa­cil­i­tated by many Sam­path Bank of­fi­cers.

In the past, the bank car­ried out nu­mer­ous key pro­grammes, which all share the com­mon goal of pro­mot­ing greater fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion in Sri Lanka. The SME Busi­ness Fo­rum was a one-day pro­gramme fo­cused on pro­vid­ing en­trepreneur­s with sev­eral key prac­ti­cal ap­proaches to pur­sue busi­ness suc­cess, in­clud­ing ses­sions on lead­er­ship, sales tac­tics, psy­cho­log­i­cal ap­proaches to brand­ing. This free-of-charge pro­gramme at­tracted over 200 en­trepreneur­s from a broad spec­trum of key in­dus­tries.

Sam­path Bank has also taken ini­tia­tives to em­power or­ganic farm­ers. A work­shop se­ries was held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Provin­cial Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (NWP) to pro­mote or­ganic farm­ing. The ini­tia­tive suc­cess­fully cre­ated a base of green en­trepreneur­s who have the ca­pac­ity to make a sus­tain­able con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tional devel­op­ment. The pro­gramme re­fined the skills, com­pe­ten­cies and tech­ni­cal knowl­edge of 305 farm­ers and agri­cul­ture in­struc­tors.

As the bank seeks to sup­port the em­pow­er­ment and devel­op­ment of the women of the na­tion, the in­tro­duc­tion of the ‘Sam­path Sav­iliya’ loan scheme is one of their ef­forts in this light. As women con­tinue to take on po­si­tions in the busi­ness world, the Sam­path Sav­iliya loan scheme will be the so­lu­tion that such women need, in terms of start­ing their new busi­ness ven­tures or to im­prove their ex­ist­ing busi­nesses.

As a re­spected cor­po­rate en­tity, Sam­path Bank has long been com­mit­ted to be an ac­tive and sup­port­ive mem­ber of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across Sri Lanka. So far, the suc­cess of the Sam­path Saviya Pro­gramme has trans­formed the lives of many in­di­vid­u­als in the coun­try by pro­vid­ing them with valu­able knowl­edge of busi­ness know-how and ac­cess to the much-needed fi­nance. With an em­pha­sis on uplift­ing the lives of fe­male en­trepreneur­s in Sri Lanka for 2019, those strong-willed fe­males who have lofty dreams are urged to reg­is­ter for this pro­gramme by con­tact­ing Sam­path Bank.

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