CDB SMB Friday Empowers Women Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka in Collaboration with

As part of its efforts to empower female entrepreneurs across the country, Citizens
Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) collaborated with to host an exclusive
workshop for women entrepreneurs of the Sri Lanka Army, Corps of Agriculture and
Livestock. During the workshop, participants were introduced to a multitude of services
offered by CDB SMB Friday and patpat marketplace to elevate their businesses and
enhance their presence across platforms.
The dedicated ‘Viru Liya’ web page in the patpat digital marketplace was also officially
launched at the workshop, providing these aspiring women entrepreneurs an even greater
reach to seek and meet their potential buyers.
Darshana Jayasinghe, Senior DGM Marketing at CDB, spoke about the initiative, “At
CDB, we believe in empowering aspirations of entrepreneurs. This is why we took the
initiative to link up the brave women entrepreneurs of the Sri Lanka Army, Corps of
Agriculture and Livestock with the large marketplace of buyers we have cultivated through The Viru Liya web page will function as a central location for them to gather and
sell and make connections, opening them up to the world,” he said.
Product demonstrations by multiple women entrepreneurs took place during the event,
showcasing the breadth of their efforts. R.P Kusumawathi, an award winning woman
entrepreneur who has excelled in producing handcrafts using Water Hyacinth plants (Japan
Jabara) carried out a demonstration to up skill the ladies in the audience, fueling their
passion to make it big.
Shanthi Abeysekara, President, Seva Vanitha Unit – Sri Lanka Corps of Agriculture
and Livestock spoke at the event. “The women entrepreneurs you see here today work
hard, day in and day out, to make their ventures successful and to carve out a good future.
They are true viru liyan, and the outstanding support extended by CDB and patpat through
their SMB Friday initiative and the patpat marketplace respectively will further ensure the
fruition of their efforts. We are forever grateful for CDB and patpat for empowering
aspirations and will make the best use of the opportunity to market our produce.” She stated.
The CDB SMB Friday initiative, initially launched in 2018, facilitates the aspirations of SME
entrepreneurs by providing them digital presence by featuring their businesses on the web
and social media platforms. CDB recently launched SMB Friday 2.0 which focuses on
approaching entrepreneurs outside the Colombo region and empowering them; by not only
promoting their businesses on social media but also by collaborating with patpat
marketplace to create both a digital and a physical marketplace for their products.
“When we initially launched SMB Friday, the videos about our partners averaged 35,000
views for a video and helped increase their visibility through our social media channels and
corporate website. ‘Tosakanth’s Roast Paan and The Sugar Shack’, a venture by two sisters
following their passion in cooking, ‘Creative Play’ an enterprise that helps children enjoy the
world of their own making, ‘Cally Reuasble Bags’ that help reduce and reuse and ‘U’r Zest

Gami Gedara’ with a new take on traditional food that is fast disappearing, are some of the
women led businesses that have gained traction through CDB SMB Fridays. Now, with the
addition of the patpat marketplace, the sky is the limit for these aspiring entrepreneurs.”
Jayasinghe added.
For more information on CDB SMB Friday and to sign up to be featured as part of the
initiative, small and medium entrepreneurs can visit

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