Ventures
GrowLanka
Location
Vavuniya
Sri Lanka
LK
Issue Area(s)

About

 

Ishani Premaratne and Casimira Karunaratne received their Resolution Fellowships for 'GrowLanka,' a social Venture they founded along with Inesha Premaratne.  Working with Harvard University's Innovation Lab, Ishani and Casimira developed a prototype of GrowLanka, a voice-based mobile system that delivered job alerts to job seekers in northern Sri Lanka. In the aftermath of a 25+ year civil war that left behind more than 90,000 war widows, the region suffers from high unemployment rates due primarily to an information gap that exists between job seekers and employers. This means that employers do not have the ability to advertise job opportunities to the villagers who would be willing to work for the salaries they offer, and thus, hundreds of jobs go unfilled in the many new factories that are being built in the region. By helping to close the information gap, Growlanka impacted the lives of hundreds jobseekers and local families.  After testing and re-testing, the Venture was successfully transitioned to the northern Sri Lankan government. 

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