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Neater nut processing

Mili Nona's story: the effect of the Anagi dryer

Mili Nona lives in Gampaha. Her father died when she was 13 and she became responsible for providing for the family. Her only skill was in cashew production and for many years she worked for an aunt for a small income.

In 1989, after riots in Colombo, Mili Nona went out of business. Then she heard that Practical Action was introducing a new dryer that produced better quality nuts, but that people were reluctant to use it. Along with some others in her village, she decided to give the dryer a try. The decision changed her life.

Now known as Cadju Amma (Cashew Mum) and over 70 years old, Mili Nona says, 'If I'd known about this technology 40 years ago, I'd be a very rich woman'. She has bought her own dryer and can sell the high-quality nuts she produces at a much higher rate than before.

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