The Local Heroes programme of the MJF Charitable Foundation evolved from the Small Entrepreneur Progamme (SEP) and takes the concept a step further and on a larger scale so as to empower impoverished communities. The central theme of the model is to improve the standard of a capable individual and use this success to benefit the wider community.
Our first Local Hero was D. M. Dharmadasa, a hard-working, committed papadam manufacturer living in Monaragala, one of Sri Lanka’s least developed administrative districts. With help from the MJF Charitable Foundation, Dharmadasa was able to launch his own brand of papadam, upgrade his workplace and factory premises and employs ten people to help with his business.
Starting in the year 2014, 148 war widows, supported in the North through the SEP initiative, have now been elevated to the Local Heroes programme. This is being done in an effort to support women headed families consequent to the end of a prolonged conflict.Through the empowerment of these women, the MJF Charitable Foundation hopes to help empower their families and, in turn, the larger community surrounding them.