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  • Karen Visser

Back to business with a clean sweep

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

After Covid hit people hard in all sorts of ways, Compelled By Love has been working to help get families back on their feet.

When Anuradha’s husband passed away in 2014, she was left a single mum with three children to provide for. She began working with her mother Indrani who makes and sells traditional outdoor ‘ekel’ brooms.

Anuradh and her mum Indrani needed support to get their ekel broom business back on track following Covid.

The brooms are made from coconut tree leaves. Anuradha and Indrani purchase the ekel, cut it to the right length and create the brooms using handles they make themselves from tree boughs.

Covid disrupted their usual sales and supply and after the pandemic, Anuradha and her mum found they didn’t have the capital they needed to purchase the raw materials.

Together with Leads, our partner in Sri Lanka, CBL has assisted the two women with livelihood support to get their business going again. The help has seen them nearly double their business, with hopes and plans to expand.

We’re delighted to be part of helping Anuradha and her mum regain their income and livelihood after the pandemic. It was a privilege to visit them recently, see first-hand their beautiful handiwork, and hear their stories.

Indrani chats with Nadeesha from Leads, and CBL's Karen Visser on a recent visit.

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