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Coca-Cola and We Effect to train Thammanawa farmers in entrepreneurship

The unveiling of the project site signboard by Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Assistant Manager Shayani Weeresinghe and Kebitigollewa Divisional Secretariat Administrative Manager R.S. Ranasinghe.
The unveiling of the project site signboard by Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Assistant Manager Shayani Weeresinghe and Kebitigollewa Divisional Secretariat Administrative Manager R.S. Ranasinghe.

Coca-Cola and We Effect launched an initiative to train farmers at Thammanawa in Anuradhapura on entrepreneurship. War, poverty, contaminated water and chronic kidney disease (CKDu) are issues in the North Central Province. Thammannawa, Keibitigollewa in the Anuradhapura District is among the most marginalised villages in Sri Lanka and about to be changed through the collaboration between Coca-Cola and We Effect, a Swedish International Development Organisation.

Kebitigollewa Divisional Secretariat Administrative Manager R.S. Ranasinghe said, “These farmers have suffered the ravages of war and could not cultivate their paddy lands for four seasons due to insufficient water in the Thammannawa reservoir. We are thankful to Coca-Cola, We Effect and Rajarata Praja Kendraya for supporting people to help improve their livelihoods.”

A project to rehabilitate the Thammanawa reservoir has also been launched. It will enable villagers to cultivate barren paddy lands.

A Reverse Osmosis plant will be set up and managed by the new village Cooperative society ‘Ekamuthu’.

Coca-Cola Beverages Country Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Manager Lakshan Madurasinghe said, “This project resonated with Coca-Cola as it aligned with our key priorities to ensure giving water back to the earth in our replenishment efforts and supporting the economic empowerment of women. The issue of CKDu has been a long-standing concern where Coca-Cola has supported in providing drinking water to people.” Through the cooperative approach, the continued access to quality water will help them to strengthen farming activities that was shattered by the prevailing drought in the dry zone and will serve communities across surrounding four villages. The project is funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation and will be implemented under the direct management of We Effect, Sri Lanka, with its district-based partner organization Rajarata Praja Kendraya (in Anuradhapura). 

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