Mount Lavinia Hotel has become part of a project to support the livelihoods of artisans, who use Palmyrah to create their products, in rural and war-affected areas in Jaffna and Mannar. This project, ‘Design for Sustainable Development’ (DFSD) was initiated by the Academy of Design (AOD) under the invitation of the reawakening project of the Ministry of Economic Development. DFSD is currently executed under the Palmyrah Development Board under the Ministry of Traditional Industries. The project helps artisans and communities engaged in craft through design develop their products, while connecting high-end customers such as the Mount Lavinia Hotel with the artisans, who produce large quantity orders.
Artisans from Mannar and Pungudutivu Island in Jaffna visited Mount Lavinia Hotel to present the completed order of Palmyrah products to Anura Dewapura, the General Manager of Mount Lavinia Hotel.