Hi, my name is U.Lucia (aged 38) from Thirunavatkulam, Vavuniya. I am the chairperson of the palmyra craft producer group named Aatralarasi. There are 25 members in my group. We make high quality bags, carry baskets, laundry baskets, trays, table mats and file covers since 2014. All the crafts we make are purely handmade.No machineries are involved in it. In addition to local orders, sometimes we cater foreign and custom-made orders too. At the initial stage, we have got the support of the government to start our business. We have also won many national awards in craft competitions.
We have got an opportunity to participate at the Expo Pakistan Trade Fair from 09 to 12 November 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan. If we get orders there, we will be able to export our products.
To take the samples to Pakistan, we want to use high quality, nontoxic dyes. It would improve the quality of our products. We were also told by the export development board to bear the cost of the air fare and accomodation. This is the first ever opportunity we have got. Our group is excited about taking our products to a foreign country. On behalf of the group I will be participating in the trade fair. Therefore, I need a sponsor for the air ticket too.
The Divisional Secretariat supports the remaining cost through various other programmes. I would only require Rs.85,000.00 for the air fare and Rs.15,000.00 to purchase food grade / nontoxic dyes. I will always be thankful to you if you could support us to take our products to Pakistan. Thank you.
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There are twenty members in our group out of which 10 are bread winners of the family. All of them are women.
Aatralarasi Palmyra Handicraft, Thirunavatkulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
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