To everyone employed by Lanka Kade their work is about more than just toys. It is about giving real opportunities to real people to enable their independence and give them the ability to provide for themselves and their families with pride.
Lanka Kade began with a few boxes stored in a front room.
Starting out was incredibly tough, Diane was a full-time teacher, whilst Upul traveled extensively in the UK searching for potential producers and markets for their products. Upul had a lot to learn, including the language, the culture, and the geography. Neither of them had previous experience or knowledge of running any business. But they did know Sri Lanka.
Lanka Kade is the UK’s biggest supplier of fair trade toys made by family enterprises in Sri Lanka. Everyone, friends and family included, has worked incredibly hard to establish Lanka Kade as the efficient and principled business it is today, operating from their custom-built storage and distribution warehouse in Leicestershire.