Name: Ruvini Nirosha
Occupation: Employee at Rainforest Rescue International (RRI)
Hometown: Galle Town
Ruvini runs a stall every Saturday, for RRI at the Good Market at the Law Court Square, Galle Fort. She sells local products made through sustainable farming methods taught by the Organization.
01. Tell us a little about Rainforest Rescue International (RRI).
Rainforest Rescue International was a non –profit organization based here in Galle that was recently privatised. It was established in 2002 by a group of environmentalists to rescue plants under the threat from logging and other developments. Our aim is to work towards addressing ecological and sociological issues through our organisation, mainly through the protection of vulnerable environments, development of sustainable livelihoods, education, research and advocacy.
02. What are some of the activities RRI engages in to address sociological issues here in Sri Lanka?
We work on livelihood development in two main areas; smallholder farms and nurseries .RRI works with rural communities to assess their needs and to design their farms and nurseries accordingly. We also train them in sustainable farming practises. Our main aim is to create a link between communities and their environment
03. What products do you sell here in Sri Lanka?
We have a whole range of produce, ranging from organic spices, rice and tea to Kithul treacle and bee’s honey, all responsibly and organically sourced. These products are exported abroad and also sold in Sri Lanka at The Good Market Shop, Colombo.
04. Why did you decided to join Rainforest Rescue International?
I joined RRI two years ago through a close friend. I love being able to educate others about what we do. We highlight the importance and benefits of eating organic produce, and teach people how they can do their bit to help protect our environment and also support our local farmers.
05. What do you like about Sri Lanka?
I like the traditional values Sri Lanka embodies.
06. What do you dislike about Sri Lanka?
There is nothing I really dislike about Sri Lanka except the politics. And the traffic can be a bit trying too.
07. What are the positive/negative changes, if any, you have observed around Galle?
After the Tsunami, Galle managed to recover admirably and became even better than it was before. There is a lot of development, with a lot of small businesses and family-run hotels coming up. People are also making a bigger effort to keep our beaches clean and looking beautiful.
08. What is your favourite Sri Lankan food and drink?
I like Kiribati (Milk Rice) and my favourite drink would be King Coconut water.