3) Founder

Rural Returns (Guarantee) Limited, Sri Lanka

J. Charitha ("Chari") Ratwatte

Chari has five years’ experience in Sri Lanka's software industry. His experience includes working on the winning bid to automate the historic Colombo Tea Auction, extensive engagements in East and West Africa bringing online some of the first automated stock exchanges in the region, and working with a multi-billion-dollar global debt brokerage.

In 2009 Chari earned an MBA with concentrations in the Public Management and Global Management Programs from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is committed to working in social and economic development and the strategic management of nonprofits. Stanford gave him the opportunity to add to his exposure to social entrepreneurs by working with many more in New Orleans, Kyrgyzstan and India, as well as others from around the world in classroom settings at the Stanford Business School.

Chari functions as the Managing Director and has been back home in his beloved Sri Lanka since July 2009, working full-time on Rural Returns' first products, exotic heirloom rice unique to Sri Lanka.

RRDO - no longer associated with Rural Returns (Gte) Ltd Sri Lanka

RRDO's last purchase from Rural Returns' smallholder farmers was in January 2012.

RRDO - "Rural Returns Development Organization" was a U.S. organization intended to support Rural Returns (Gte) Ltd in the sale of partner smallholder farmers' products. RRDO's CEO was D.C. Jayasundera, a civil and environmental engineer.