39-year-old P. Chandrakumar was an ex combatant during the civil war, which prevailed in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years. He is physically challenged due to a gunshot injury on his right arm and is engaged in Passion Fruit and Chillie cultivation.
” I’m the breadwinner of the family. I must cater to the needs of my three children, my wife and my mother. I did not have a proper source of income at first, so I started passion fruit cultivation. However, it was not successful because I did not have the proper equipment. When I was about to give up, ADRA intervened and motivated me by providing me the equipment I needed,” says Chandrakumar.
Through the Local Economic & Social Strengthening (LESS) project ADRA assisted him by providing a water tank, concrete pillars for Passion Fruit cultivation and a hose to water the plants.
Initially he started selling his produce to the local retailers. At present he has expanded his business by supplying his produce to Cargills PLC through CEDF (Community Economic Development Forum) linkages.
The LESS project is funded by Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs