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HNB empowers women drivers with Pink Drives partnership for leasing

(from Left) HNB Leasing Executive - Business Development, Mahesh Ratnayake, HNB, Assistant Manager – Leasing, Roshan De Silva, HNB Head of Leasing, Niluka Amarasinghe, HNB Head of Personal Financial Services, Kanchana Karunagama, HNB Deputy General Manager- Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne, Pink Drives Pvt Ltd, Founder/CEO, Shohan Kulasuriya, Pink Drives Pvt Ltd, COO, Liswith Obinamuni and Pink Drives Pvt Ltd, Head of Operations, Shani Madurangi at the ceremony.

Empowering women drivers and commuters, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank HNB PLC partnered with ride-sharing app Pink Drives to offer lady drivers’ access to exclusive bundled leasing, insurance and card packages with special low-interest rates.

“HNB is proud to partner and support Pink Drives in their pioneering mission to empower women, by providing them with a means to financial empowerment, while delivering a safe and convenient mode of transportation for women and children,” HNB Head of Leasing, Niluka Amarasinghe said.

In addition to special low-interest leasing facilities, Pink Drives chauffeurs will also be offered a free life insurance cover of upto Rs. 4.5 million and natural death insurance of Rs.600,000, as well as a Prestige Prime credit card with the first-year annual fee waived off. Notably, women who open and maintain accounts with HNB will have access to Pink Drives ride-sharing platform.

“We are delighted to partner with HNB to offer our chauffeurs convenient leasing facilities inclusive of attractive interest rates and benefits. Our services aim to provide women & children in Sri Lanka a safe journey to their destination, while also offering women drivers a hassle-free mode of employment,” Pink Drives (Pvt) Ltd Founder/CEO, Shohan Kulasuriya said.

Pink Drives is Sri Lanka’s First & Only Lady Driven Taxi Service for Ladies and Kids. Initially providing the service in Colombo and the suburbs, the company utilizes the latest technology to facilitate safer and convenient travel while empowering women.

With 252 customer centers across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically innovative banks, having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive forward a new paradigm in digital banking. The bank was also ranked among the World Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UKbased Banker Magazine for five consecutive years. HNB has a national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd.

HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020, in addition to winning the coveted Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka Award for the 11th time at the Asian Banker Awards 2020, in recognition of its sustainable growth and continuous improvements in processes, products and services amidst a challenging macroeconomic environment.