We all have pre-conceived notions of who heroes are. Standard definitions, a lens through which we chose to look at only certain individuals, distinguishing them as extraordinary. But if what define a hero are bravery, determination, altruism, drive, compassion, love, and most importantly a cause they care about,then isn’t everyone a hero in their own sense?
At Cargills FoodCity, we believe so. We see our farmers, entrepreneurs, employees and customers all as heroes. Through ‘Heroes’ what began as our efforts to empower and work alongside these individuals, transformed into an initiative that recognizes the story each of them bear.
The core of our story is inspiration. And while showing appreciation for our heroes, our mission is to go beyond them, drawing inspiration from the countless everyday heroes of our nation. Sharing the incredible stories of ordinary people, their unwavering hope, perseverance, defiance and triumph in the journey towards becoming much more than ordinary. These heroes are from all walks of life, and while in our quest we are honoured to have touched countless lives, together we can change countless more for the better, inspiring them to become heroes of their own stories and that of Sri Lanka.
Having been a part of their journey, we see them as heroes every day. Get to know them better so that you can also see them through our eyes.
A proud father of four well educated children, Gunasekara who is now 70 years has vast knowledge and experience in farming. He truly believes that spending every moment with his family and taking care of his crop is what generates his content in life.
Ajith decided to follow his passion for farming after his retirement from the navy. Although he had no experience in agriculture, with the help of his uncle he began farming on a small piece of land. Through dedication and perseverance he found solutions on how to protect his land and farm wisely after it was destroyed by the flood twice.
Amila is the proprietor of one of the most successful curd businesses on the island. Even though he began with no knowledge on curd or entrepreneurship, he now has collection centers, a network of milk farmers and has provided many employment opportunities.
Having travelled a long way from her home to Colombo for the Cargills interview, Dhammika is now the Chief Cashier at FoodCity Staple Street outlet.
For the last 11 years, Wasanthie has been growing a variety of vegetables, ranging from Bandakka, Kekiri, Cucumber and Karavila. Through her hard work and the help of Cargills FoodCity, she has been able to get a steady income to support her family and that of her children’s education.