Where it all began.
JT, Janan and Janan’s cousin, Priyan Guntilake Ph.D., establish a new venture to develop and launch a proprietary energy technology business based in San Diego, California.
A catastrophic tsunami makes landfall in Sri Lanka, displacing thousands amidst a brutal civil war that had been raging since 1983.
Janan and JT create their first humanitarian venture to build 325 new homes for the Sri Lankan’s displaced and living in temporary structures.. The project proved difficult as the construction site bordered the aggressive fighting between the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lankan Army.
The 26 year Civil War come to an end, however, the country remains unsafe for travel due to the significant number of active landmines in place.
Janan makes his first trip home after leaving 3X years ago. His father had owned numerous businesses including an aluminum rolling mill, two private hospitals, a textile factory, the Tamil newspaper and a private 40 acre coconut plantation. All of which were destroyed during the war.
Janan donates family land and provides financial support to build the first primary school following the war. The site also hosts a community center, women’s clinic and the districts administration offices.
Janan approaches JT with a plan to replant the plantation and build a coconut processing facility to create jobs and economic development for the region. JT agrees to fund the project with its mission to hire those wounded from the war and hire women as there exists 30,000 ladies widowed from the war. Together Sakti Agro was born and has since become a Sri Lankan Board of Investment Company which means…higher than average wages, medical facilities, etc. Additionally, a 10 year plan was created to use profits to build schools throughout the Northern Province while providing nutritious meals and education to the Sakti employees, all of which has suffered permanent war injuries or the loss of immediate family members.