Business News Sri Lanka: The 59th anniversary of People’s Bank was celebrated on 1st July and to mark this occasion a special ceremony was organized at Marandagahamula Branch where 59 Aswenna as well as 59 ‘Saubagya COVID-19 loans were granted to customers of the branch. All loans were granted with the participation of People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer / General Manager Ranjith Kodituwakku. These loan schemes were introduced to support the Government’s development programme and with the aim of uplifting the small and medium businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vanitha Saviya loans, introduced by the Bank to empower female entrepreneurs, were also handed over during the event. Additionally, the handing over of the first cash deposits by two new entrepreneurs who opened Aswenna accounts was carried out.
One of the notable features at the event was the agriculture-based setting that was created within the Marandagahamula branch premises to match the concept of the Aswenna account. The Aswenna loan scheme, a unique product that aligns with the Government’s development programme to create a self sufficient nation, was launched in Dunagaha which is close to the Marandagahamula branch.
Krishani Narangoda – Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Banking), U.S. Gerty – Assistant General Manager (Development Finance), Wickrama Narayana – Assistant General Manager (Small & Medium Enterprises), A.U.A. Anzar – Assistant General Manager (Marketing), Nalin Pathirage – Gampaha Regional Manager and G.M. Kanchana Jayaweera – Marandagahamula Branch Manager, staff members , as well as U.W. Thanuja Upeksha Rajakaruna – Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary and U.P.S. Priyantha – Chief Inspector of Divulapitiya Police station graced the occasion along with officials from the Government and farmers associations.