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VisionFund Lanka is a leading microfinance institution established as a subsidiary of VisionFund International, a global microfinance institution operating in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East/Eastern Europe. VisionFund International is a wholly owned subsidiary of World Vision International, a Christian relief development and advocacy organization. Working together, we provide the foundations for local economies to flourish in healthy and safe communities.

 

We provide financial services to people who would otherwise have little or no access to credit. The well-being of children, families and communities in Sri Lanka is our main focus. We serve the country’s poorest people by helping them start or grow their own businesses through loans of just a few hundred dollars.

History

VisionFund Lanka began operations in Sri Lanka in 2004, during a time of great need as the Asian Tsunami swept away homes and livelihoods. The organisation has grown over the decade, from two branches in Thanamalwila and Batticaloa, to 26 branches and 6 sub-branches, around the island today. 

Working in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to over 20 million people. Although it is an island abundant with natural resources, the country still bears the scars left by the 20-year civil war and the Asian tsunami in 2004. Both of these historic events have left devastating effects on millions of lives.

Signs of development can be seen in the urban areas of the country. But in the far rural regions, examples of poverty remain a poignant reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure children live healthy and fulfilled lives.

In less developed areas, many families struggle to send their children to school. Small loans provided by our work play a significant role in helping families and their children improve their lives.

Management


 Samuel Jebaratnam
 CEO/ED

Mr. Samuel Jebaratnam, VisionFund Lanka's Executive Director/CEO joined our network in 2015. With over 36 years of experience in the banking industry Mr Jebaratnam served as the Senior Deputy General Manager of Seylan Bank PLC prior to joining us.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM  


 Malintha De Silva
 CFO

Mr. De Silva has over 10 years' experience in the Banking sector. He is a member of the Charted Institute of Management Accountants UK, and holds a BSc degree in Economics & Management from the University of London. 


 Sevvandi Abeysinghe
 Manager Human Resources

Ms Abeysinghe has been with VFL since 2008 and has 9 years' experience in Human Resource Management. She holds a Master's degree in Business Studies from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.



 Prince Fernando
 COO

Mr Fernando has over 5 years' experience in Sales and Marketing. He has been with VFL for over 8 years. He holds a Bsc Special Degree in Business Administration from the University of Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka and a Diploma in Microfinance from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.   


 Rizanth Francis
 Business Development Manager

Mr Francis has over 5 years' experience in Logistics and Administration, locally and overseas, which includes 2 years in World Vision's Tsunami response. He also has 7 years' collective experience in Risk and Compliance as well as Microfinance. 


 Sujith De Silva
 Finance Manager

Mr De Silva has over 12 years' experience in the Finance Sector in the fields of manufacturing, import & export and trading. He holds a BSc Special degree in Business Administration from the University of Jayawardenapura, and is a passed finalist of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia.  



 Priveen Joseph
 Risk & Compliance Manager

Mr Joseph has over 11 years' experience in the Banking Sector and over 8 years' experience in World Vision ADP Finance. He has also worked in the Microfinance sector for nearly 4 years.  


 Viraj Cooray
 IT Manager

Mr Cooray has been with VFL since 2005 and has over 15 years experience in the IT Sector. He also has experience as an Analyst Programmer with Visual Basic and Oracle. He holds a NIBM Diploma in System Analysis & Design.  

 


 Chanaka Fernando
 Internal Audit Manager

Mr. Fernando has over 15 years’ experience in Accounting, Finance, Auditing and 6 years in Corporate Management holding different positions locally and internationally, which includes 4 years in World Vision. He holds B.Sc Special degree in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and is a Certified Business Accountant from the institute of Charted Accountants, Sri Lanka.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

VisionFund Lanka is wholly owned by VisionFund International, and has a Board of Directors and Management team that oversees the work of our MFI.

 

Awards and Ratings

§  Best Demonstration of Integration in the Asia Region; Global Leadership Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, March 2015 

§  Certificate of Compliance (2011 Annual Report - NGOs/NPOs Sector) awarded by the Institute of Charted Accountants, Sri Lanka 

§  Certificate of Compliance (2010 Annual Report - NGOs/NPOs Sector) awarded by the Institute of Charted Accountants, Sri Lanka 

§  Silver Award(2009 Annual Report - NGOs/NPOs Sector) awarded by the Institute of Charted Accountants, Sri Lanka 

§  Certificate of Merit for Best Presented Accounts and Corporate Governance Disclosure (2009 Annual Report – NGO Sector) awarded by SAFA 

§  Gold Award for Social Indicators awarded by CGAP 

§  Four Diamonds for reporting Financial & Social Indicators to the MIX website