Providore, the online grocery store co-founded by Sri Lankan cricketing legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, continues to innovate and give back to local communities by joining hands with the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan to support two of their programmes – Sith Sevana and the Dehiwela Children’s Feeding Programme, where the Rotary Club will manage all distribution of food and medical supplies.
Now in its second year of operation, Providore Saviya is Sri Lanka’s first-ever community conscious giving initiative. What makes the Providore Saviya initiative different is that customers consciously choose to have the company make a contribution on their behalf. They simply need to enter the promo code SAVIYA at checkout and Providore will donate 1% of the basket value to the designated Rotary programmes at their cost.
Sharing her views on the launch of the project, Dilini Hennayake – President Elect 2022-23 of the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan stated, “I am truly thankful to Providore and their supporters for giving us the opportunity to collaborate in the distribution of essential dry rations and medications. This will directly assist and support our local community projects and specifically underprivileged children.”
As the country goes through immense political and economic turmoil, many citizens are faced with the stark reality of struggling to have their basic needs met. The recent past has seen every piece of news riddled with sad stories of the immense pressures and hardships faced by millions of Sri Lankans across the country. As a result, the Founders of Providore felt it was their social responsibility to take immediate action to get involved and do more for all Sri Lankans. However, they were mindful not to merely roll out another corporate CSR initiative. Therefore, the focus was on building a more inclusive and invested programme, where together, the Providore community would make a meaningful difference, helping one person, one family or one community at a time.
Providore was started in 2021, when Sri Lanka was still coming to terms with the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the founders wanted to create a customer-centric and tech-forward online grocery platform, benchmarking the best global ecommerce platforms, to bring much needed quality, service and most importantly, reliability to people. Today, Providore is a household name, renowned for their superior quality of fruits and vegetables, 100% basket fulfillment due to real-time stock display and guaranteed on-time delivery.
Right from inception, Providore set itself apart by differentiating the way the company operates. It isn’t simply an online supermarket as the focus is always on the customer, from the moment they log in, right up until the delivery of goods. Unlike a standard delivery platform, Providore has invested in the end-to-end process, having a fully integrated 20,000 sq ft facility with storage (including cold storage), fruit & vegetable processing and delivery fleet with cold chain transport capability as part of their business model. The fundamentals of the business are clearly defined – deliver quality goods and service, 100% fulfillment of basket and guaranteed on-time delivery. Providore operates 7 days a week, delivering to Central and Greater Colombo from 8.00am – 8.00pm daily.
More information on the ProvidoreSaviya programme can be found on the Providore website (www.providore.shop) or by calling the Customer Service Hotline on 0774074074.