Mahendran Mathushini's Story

Inoka Piyathissa(22) lives in Lavala, Bulathkohupitiya in Kegalle District. She has two elder sisters and is the youngest in the family. Inoka’s father is a mason and works in a nearby construction site occasionally. He earns around Rs. 15,000 per month, which varies each month depending on the amount of work available. This income alone is insufficient to cover their family expenses, since Inoka’s mother is suffering from heart disease. Her father is therefore unable to go for a more stable job in Colombo. Inoka sat for her A/Ls in 2015 and obtained 1A and 2Bs in Commerce stream. Inoka met with Berendina officials to sought financial assistance to pursue her level 2 Charted Accountancy (Business Level) course and was successfully awarded a scholarship of Rs. 20,000 to complete it. No sooner, Berendina informed her of a clerical job which she gracefully accepted, since her class schedules are only on Sundays. Inoka is now working at Dumindu Tyre House in Ruwanwella as a clerk cum sales coordinator and receives a monthly salary of Rs. 20,000. Since starting her job in October 2017, and completing two weeks of training, she now contributes Rs. 10,000 to her family. Inoka aspires to become a teacher or an accountant in the future. “I am thankful to Berendina for the support extend to uplift the lives of poor and neglected families like me”, says Inoka. Inoka’s family is also a Samurdhi beneficiary and has further received assistance from BDS Bulathkohupitiya branch to complete the construction of their house, which they currently occupy.