Chalet is a 46-year-old widow, living with her youngest son. Her eldest daughter is married.
Chalet's business involves making handicrafts, and she has a lot of experience with this type of business. Ten years ago, she started this business. Currently, she makes cane chairs and tables. There is strong competition in her area for selling handicrafts, because Hikkaduwa is a popular tourist destination. There is a strong demand from foreign tourists for 'Sri Lankan handicrafts.' Even Sri Lankan hotel owners are providing high demand for her products. Chalet is also doing another business making rugs. She has experience and practice in this type of business.
Chalet's youngest son helps her by selling her goods to customers, which greatly helps the business.
Chalet has requested a 40,000 rupee (LKR) loan from BRAC Sri Lanka which she will use to buy cane and timber to make into products.
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