Prince Charles meets global award winning Hambantota entrepreneur Nimali
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:04
Nimali Gunawardana from the Hambantota District, who scooped the Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 prize at the UK’s Young Business International Global Awards ceremony in London recently, is seen with Prince Charles at the reception to honour global winners. Prince Charles is President and Founder of the Youth Business International charity. The 25-year-old Nimali via her enterprise ‘Nimali Chip and Fibre Mill’ within a year created an environmentally-friendly business producing and exporting coir for mattresses and coir piths and, more uniquely, making coconut husk chips. With support from YBI member Youth Business Sri Lanka (YBSL), Nimali turned a $ 781 loan into a business with a projected turnover of almost $ 40,000.