Sri Lankan American sisters at Harvard honored by Glamour Magazine
Published: 28 Apr 2014
Every year, Glamour Magazine honors a group of young women ranging from future astronauts to fencers on its list of Top Ten College Women. This year Inesha N. Premaratne ’15 and Ishani D. Premaratne ’15 were among the lucky 10. Having spent most of their childhood in Sri Lanka the twin sisters Inesha and Ishani Premaratne who are currently at Harvard, put together “Grow Lanka” an SMS systems that alerts unemployed workers about job openings.
Inspiration for the idea came out of a class the two were taking during their freshman fall, which had students deconstruct a social issue and explore different ways to solve those problems. They discovered that many of the 90,000 women widowed in the country’s civil war were out of work. GrowLanka, a mobile alert system helps people jobhunt via text message. They partnered with the country’s largest employer and, in less than a year, helped connect 500 women in some of Sri Lanka’s most remote regions with job opportunities.
Courtesy of glamour.com and SLF | Source