WELCOME TO WCIC The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka (WCIC) was initiated in 1985 by a group of visionaries - women who were successfully running their own businesses and a few professionals. Their main objective being to incorporate women entrepreneurs into the mainstream of business activity in the country and now we have a membership of about 200 and growing.

It is known to be that WCIC was in fact the first women-only trade chamber to be set up in Sri Lanka and the first in the world.

The Founder Chairperson was Chloe de Soysa. The original founder members whose financial contribution as membership fee enabled the WCIC to set up fund which was then supported by Asia Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The WCIC’s priorities is to harness our members’ economic power in the country gaining recognition and improving their lives while stimulating the socio-economic growth.

In its history, WCIC has to its credit many innovative projects such as the Agromart Foundation, Training Course for Women Migrant Workers, Poverty Alleviation Through Entrepreneurship Development, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneur Council, and the most recent South Asian Women’s Economic Network which links leading women’s organizations in South Asia, the Women’s Entrepreneur Awards, the launch of the first Commonwealth Women’s Entrepreneur Awards, Capacity Building Workshops, Financial Literary Programs, Women in Business Trade Fairs, Business English, Business Delegations, Empowering War Widows through Chick Farming , Micro Credit Projects, Empowering differently-abled women through training in beauty culture among several more.

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2016/2017 Office Bearers Seated : left to right
Ms. Renuka Senanayake (Treasurer), Ms. Eugena Jerome (Joint Secretary) , Ms. Kumari H. Perera (2nd Vice Chairperson), Ms. Rifa Musthapha (Chairperson), Ms. Chathuri Ranasinghe (1st Vice Chairperson), Ms. Nafisa Thahirally (Jt. Secretary), Ms. Zahra Cader (Asst. Treasurer)
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Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Ignite – Influence - Change

The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2015 held at the Hotel Cinnamon Grand, Colombo on Friday 5th August 2016.

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Good market way forward WCIC members will be given a platform to showcase their products and services in order to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The Good Market was identified as the location to facilitate this platform for the members. It is highly popular among the citizens of Colombo as well as tourists.

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Yasisurie Kiribandara is a Sri Lankan born to a Civil Engineer father who had his own company and to a mom who was Pre School and Primary teacher running her own business. She is a past alumni of VisakhaVidyalaya, Trinity College London, LAMDA, UK and Academy Of Design , SL. She studied for Fashion Design completing a BTEC. HND in 2005.
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