The handloom sector is one of Sri Lanka’s socio-economically significant industries; providing employment in rural areas, particularly the Batticoloa district. The two day Accelerator Programme for Handloom SMEs, with the participation of around 18 SMEs from the Batticaloa District, aims to strengthen the capacity of handloom producers of Batticaloa by providing support for businesses to achieve financial sustainability. This programme, for handloom producers will be held on the 27th and 28th of November, 2017 at the Community Education Centre, Malabe. Day one of the programme includes technical sessions on accessing markets beyond Batticaloa and Maradamunai, operational and management aspects of running a handloom business, human resource management, diversification of products and adapting to new trends. Sessions will be conducted by industry experts from the National Design Centre (University of Moratuwa Department of Textile Clothing Technology) and leading handloom entrepreneurs. Day two of the programme gives participants the opportunity to both showcase and market their products at a handloom exhibition and sale, which will be held at Diyatha Uyana from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
The two-day boot camp is part of the “Sustaining and Nurturing Rural Agro Industrial Social Enterprises (SUNRISE) Project” initiated by Oxfam with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in collaboration with Lanka Social Ventures ( LSV) and the Women Development Foundation (WDO)