Woodwork and Exports Unit
The Sarvodaya Woodwork Unit emerged from a Rural Development Programme conducted in 1971 for underprivileged and unemployed youth in Sri Lankan villages. Training was offered in metal, woodwork, batik handicrafts and clothing production. It is one of the Social Enterprising arms of Sarvodaya which produces high quality, lead-free painted wooden pre-school educational equipment, recreational items, and furniture.
Seasoned rubber wood and MDF board (made from rubber wood) painted with non-toxic / lead-free paints used to meet the International Standards for wooden toys.
Why Wooden Toys are better
They are safe, durable and cause less waste than plastic toys. Eco-friendly wooden toys do not contain harmful chemicals like PVC, phthalates, or other commonly used chemicals. There is an increasing demand for these from both local and foreign buyers.
Pre-School Educational Items and Play Materials
Our toy categories include AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) toys, construction and building toys, puzzles, pre-school learning aids, colours, shapes, and counting toys and games.
Our furniture range includes pre-school furniture, school furniture, and other custom-made furniture.
Rathmalgoda, Horana factory has a wood treatment plant and furniture production section. The timber produced at the sawmill and treatment plant is used for making furniture, with the excess being sold externally.
Showroom and sales outlet
Moratuwa, Colombo Meth Medura has a pre-school equipment and toy production section as well as the sales outlet.
To date, our unit has exported products to Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, and the USA, with revenue generated from sales supporting the community development activities of our parent organisation, the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement.