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Just desserts from husband wife duo

Vindya Ruberu

Manjula Bandara

Being an ex-worker of Keells supermarkets it was very hard to change Vindya Ruberu as a housewife. Soon after her marriage she had to leave her job and take over affaires at home.

Since she was idling, she thought of starting a home business. She chose a business, she was very familiar with. Cooking being her hobby, she had enough knowledge on culinary businesses, too.

The Co-Partner of Dandy Food Products Limited, started her business from home.

We started our businesses six years ago with Rs 10,000. Cream caramel was the first dessert we produced and marketed. It was only eight cups of cream caramels we could market per day through one of the Keells supermarkets.

It was convenient to work for me and my husband on this business from the start. He was also working for the Keells supermarket chains and he helped me in the marketing and purchasing side, Ruberu said.

Cutting the murukku dough

Frying the murukku

Gradually our product was known to consumers of supermarkets. We increased the number of cream caramel pudding cups. In the meantime, my husband left his job and joined me, I had all his time on our business, she said.

I took over the marketing and the management part of the business. We do not include any preservatives or any artificial taste makers to our products.

We have increased our production to 400 desserts each per day and market five dessert varieties at the moment.

Dandy and Home Style is the brand name of our company. Under the roof we have murukku, cakes and desserts, Co-partner, Dandy Food Products Limited, Manjula Bandara said. Since we are a small company, we didnt have a big investment and manpower.

Helpers pasting the brand name stickers on  a pudding cup.
Pictures by Palitha Gunasena

However, we formed it as a mobile business. We got a vehicle to market our products and a few helpers to back in the production. A computer and a telephone line helps us to run our business, Bandara said.

The main reason for our products to catch the market very fast is the quality of the product. We have not changed the taste and the ingredients we use to produce Dandy and Home Style products. Our products last for two weeks, if refrigerated, he said. Bandara said their turnover was Rs. 30,000 per month initially. Now it has improved to Rs. 1.5 million per month.

We have 10 people to help at our factory. We market through 62 branches of supermarkets and hope to move further and expand.


Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
Ceylinco Banyan Villas

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