Designation : President
Email : Upalisumithrejr.@gmail.com
Phone : 077 66 930 42
Upali Sumithre ” the founder President of Janarukula had been working on issues related to urban poor since 1982′ For 15 years” he got associated with a number of organizations” ranging from fisheries to government housing program for poor to saving programs for women to overcome problems of money lenders.
One of the biggest achievements of this initiative was at the Halmillwa village in the Kurunegala district where people used to borrow money from moneylenders to make bricks and in case of non -repayment ” the money lender would confiscate moneylenders to make bricks and get a much higher amount by selling them. The Halmillwa women of this settlement started saving and took from their Jnarukula primary branch.
In their Own words
We broke the mudalali system , we broke the arrogance of the mudalali and created a janarukula community bank system in sri lanka.
LMPA is the pioneer in microfinance networking among microfinance practitioners in Sri Lanka, and was initiated on the 31st of March 2006. The Lanka Microfinance Practitioners’ Association is incorporated as a non-profit organization under the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007.