Adopt a village market
The Policy Development Office (PDO) of the Prime Minister's office is
hosting a website about rural polas (village fairs). The pola or santhai
is a weekly village market that plays an important role in rural life in
It is a meeting place for the community and also serves as the
backbone of rural economies.
A sizeable amount of retail trade takes place at village fairs such
as sales by primary producers and purchases of non-local products
brought in by distributors. It is hoped that modernising and building
capacity in village markets will boost rural economies throughout the
This website can be accessed via villagefair.pmoffice.gov.lk and
provides a mechanism to link those who want to help develop Sri Lanka
directly with village markets in need of essential infrastructure,
especially in rural communities.
This initiative is about making it easy for donors to fund
micro-projects in Sri Lanka, projects that will make a big impact on the
lives of many.
The needs of individual village markets are also listed on the
website. Village markets that receive funds are obligated to follow up
on the progress of each micro-project. Photographs of the completed
micro-projects will also be uploaded and details of the Matale and
Colombo polas can also be viewed. For feedback and innovative concepts