A young boy’s dream and sheer perseverance has led to a world-class confectionary, renowned for its taste, quality and extraordinary assortment of biscuits and short treats.
In the early 1900’s, a son was born to Angulugaha Gamage Cornelis Appuhamy and his wife, Kankanamgamage Kathirinahamy. They named him Angulugaha Gamage Hinni Appuhamy.
When Hinni Appuhamy was 12 years old, he left his village in Akmeemana, his parents and siblings and joined his uncle Kurun Appuhamy in Colombo where he started working as a dishwasher and a waiter.
Before long, through determination and foresight, Hinni Appuhamy took two rooms down Maliban Road and set up the Maliban Tea Kiosk. His pleasant and courteous demeanor and willingness to serve won the hearts and minds of his customers. The young man realized that he had potential to expand. From this small kiosk, Hinni Appuhamy moved to larger premises. He also inherited a bakery in Van Ruyen Street Kotahena after the death of his oldest uncle. His determination and hard work paid off, and he was soon known as the Maliban Mudalali