About Berendina

Berendina is one of the Sri Lanka’s leading poverty alleviation agencies in the non government sector. It consists of Berendina Development Services (GTE) Ltd (BDS), Berendina Microfinance Institute (GTE) Ltd (BMI) and the Berendina Employment Center (BEC). All are not-for-Profit companies. Berendina operates on an annual budget of over Rs. 2 Billion. Berendina Development Services (BDS) is engaged in a wide range of poverty alleviation initiatives including provision of grants based livelihood assistance, assistance to community infrastructure development projects, conducting community health projects, special elders programs, provision of scholarships to bright students and assistance to elders and children’s homes etc. Our interventions are aimed at benefitting the poorest of the poor among Sri Lanka’s rural and plantation communities and benefit over 40,000 individuals annually.The Berendina Microfinance Institute (BMI) is a leading microfinance institution focusing on lending to poor marginalized communities. BMI has 22 branches spread across Sri Lanka and provides loans at the lowest interest rate than any private sector organization. BMI/BMIC has 97,032 borrowers with an outstanding portfolio of over 2.6 Billion rupees as at 31st December 2016. As of 31st December 2016, BMI/BMIC had 4,209 clusters with 103,709 members of which 94% are active borrowers. The Portfolio at Risk for (PAR) 1 day is 0.45%. This is calculated considering the total principal value outstanding of loans that have at least one payment even a day overdue. The organization is operationally viable and covers all the expenses from the operational income. The operational self-sufficiency as of 31st December 2016 was at 117%.

To know more about Berendina visit our website on www.berendina.org

About Berendina Employment Center

Berendina Employment Center (BEC) commenced its activities in the year 2000 with the objective of finding suitable and productive employment opportunities for youth in rural and plantation areas as well as to assist employers to find suitable employees at a minimal cost.

Since commencement of BEC services in the year 2000, the organization has earned an excellent reputation for providing semi -skilled and skilled youth for openings in over 300 companies. BEC connects youth with profitable and productive employment opportunities after carefully analyzing their qualifications and previous work experience. Youth are also provided with required career counseling and guidance and encouraged to attend vocational and other training programs when necessary. BEC offers vocational training scholarships to deserving youth to improve their employability.The details of youth registered with BEC are maintained in the company database and channeled to potential employers who are registered with BEC. Since inception BEC has successfully linked over 16,500 youth with jobs and during 2016, a total of 1623 youth were linked to productive employment opportunities through BEC.

The Head Office of BEC is located at Nugegoda and at present BEC has 10 branches in locations at Yatiyanthota, Ginigathena, Kegalle, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Batticaloa, Galle and Mullaitivu.

Provision of Jobs

Job Fairs

Conducting job fairs is an employment strategy used by BEC to fast track the meeting of job seekers and employers. Ordinarily, job fairs are one day events held at the district and divisional level several times a year. Several employers participate at such job fairs offering a large and diverse number of employment opportunities to job seekers.

Mini Job Fairs

Mini job fairs are more specialized events and are mainly organized in remote areas to meet the specific employment requirements of one or two companies.

Scholarships for Vocational Training

BEC has provided vocational training scholarships for over 7,500 youth of which over 65% have found productive employment. BEC enrolled youth with the main vocational training providers such as the Vocational Training Authority (VTA), National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), National Youth Services Council (NYSC) and other Technical Colleges. Youth trainees attending government training centers were provided with travel expenses, whilst those attending private training institutes were paid partial or full course fees depending on the economic situation of these youth.

Career Guidance and Counseling

Career counseling and guidance remains an important aspect of BECs services. BEC provides school leavers and youth direction in the most suitable career paths in line with specific interests and talents. Further, our career counseling and guidance programs also assists individuals facing difficulties in finding employment as well as in retaining employment. Individuals experiencing problems in retaining employment may face work place issues such as; inter personal problems with colleagues, difficulties in adjusting to the role expected from the new employment or difficulties in job transition. In such situations individual career planning and coaching can greatly assist in work reassignment and restructuring. BEC staff provides individual as well as group career guidance and counseling as well as psychometric testing and informal exercises to help individuals discover their goals, talents, interests with more confidence. BEC also provides assistance to govt institutions and other NGO in organizing large scale career guidance programs.