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Int’l Widows day at Tangalle a success

International Widows day celebrations were held in the Tangalle UC Auditorium recently to celebrate the fourth International Widows day.

Widow day was declared officially in 2005 had been organised by many countries in the world including the USA, UK, Nepal, India and this function which was held in Tangalle to coincide with those celebrations was organised by the Youth Business Programme of the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) in collaboration with the Women Development Foundation (WDF).

At the International Widows Day celebration held in Tangalle, awards were presented to five widows selected form the Hambantota District in appreciations of the role-played by them in the social and economic development of the country by being engaged in the enterprises as the breadwinners of their families.

The Hambantota Youth Entrepreneurs programme was identified as the most suitable institute in Sri Lanka to introduce the mission of the Loomba Trust to the country in order to realise its aims and objective in a more successful manner.

The Hambantota Youth Business Programme (HYBP), which is linked to the Youth Business International (YBI) operating in around forty countries in the world following a concept of the Price of Wales Trust of UK, was started as a special project of the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

This Programme helps the underprivileged youth of the Hambantota District to realise their business dreams by providing them financial facilities as well as advocacy.

It also acts as the Sri Lankan Trustee of The Loomba Trust.

The Loomba Trust Project credit scheme too is being implemented as a special credit scheme among those implemented by the HYBP since March 2007.

Provision of credit facilities to widows to start and improve business ventures on their own is being done very successfully in the Hambantota District and a number of beneficiaries who have received credit assistance from The Loomba Trust Project during the last period of one year are gainfully engaged in their business activities at the moment.

Director General of the HDCC, Azmi Thassim, thanked the trust for the assistance given to widows in the Hambantota district.

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