It was re-launched at a gala ceremony held at Hotel Taj Samudra and the striving multi-talented medical student Sajana Wanigasuriya has been appointed as the new Brand Ambassador of Sthree Savings Account at the occasion. The gala event was held under the patronage of NSB Chairman Mr.Aswin De Silva along with Directors Mr.Suranga Naullage, Mr.Anil Rajakaruna, GM/CEO Mr.Dhammika Perera and Senior DGM Mr.Jagath Gamanayake and Senior Management of the Bank. In parallel 250 programmes will be organized at regional and national level to mark this event.
To mark the re-launch of the Sthree Savings Account, 1st day accounts were opened by leading ladies in the society; the First Lady Public Trustee of Sri Lanka Tharangani Keenawenna Dissanayake, Women Assistant Superintendent of Police (W.A.S.P.) H. M. Lanka Rajani Amarasena, Beautician Hasini Gunasekera , Nanatan Mannar Benidicta Ponkala of Sudarmathi Palmyra Handicraft, Anula Ratnayake, a multilingual small business owner who teaches skills in handicraft and sewing for rehabilitated LTTE soldiers, Captain of Sri Lanka Women’s National Cricket Team Shashikala Siriwardhana, well-known Journalist Savithri Rodrigo and Sandaru Priyanwada Chandrasiri, a visually impaired violinist.
‘Diriya Sthree’ loans were also granted to nine customers at the event. The Sthree Account which was introduced by NSB for Sri Lankan women in 2002 can now be opened through any post or sub-post office throughout the country. Any woman above 16 years can open a Sthree Account with a minimum deposit of Rs. 500. Transaction facilities are made available locally and internationally through the branch network and ATM network through Visa/Master Cards.
According to the Census and Statistics Department, 34.5% of the labour force is represented by women. Its share in professions such as Law, Medicine, and Teaching is 65.8% in the year 2015. In terms of the university entrances, 60% of them are women. Therefore NSB has understood the importance of re-introducing the Sthree Savings Account at such a dynamic time for the aspiring women in the country.
Many lucky women who save with Sthree Accounts have already enjoyed the special benefits offered by the Bank when passing special milestones in their lives. The ability of obtaining personal loans, pawning loans, solar power usage loans, and educational loans at an interest rate of less than 1% of the normal interest rate is one such benefit.