A businesswoman fromthe Jiwaka Province has encouraged Papua New Guineas to tap into agriculture andthe SME’sector asthey arethe backbone ofthe country.
Getrude Andrias, President ofthe Jiwaka Womenin Business said this is one way of improvingtheir livelihoods.
Mrs Andrias shared her andthe women of Jiwaka’s experience in establishing a business entity for women inthe province.
Mrs Andrias from Kudjip in Jiwaka Province was a guest speaker atthe recent CIMC National Forum in Port Moresby.
She shared her experience on how she and women inthe province became entrepreneurs from small women’s community resource centre.
Whilst running various training programs, Gertrude and ther women would establishtheir first Microbank.
This would bethe driving factor in getting more women on board to tap into SME’s. Their hard work paid off in 2011 whenthey secured K2 million fromthe National Development Bank.
This spawned hundreds of agricultural and SME businesses.
Mrs Andrias said that this would not be possible if women did not changetheir mindsets to improverthemselves andtheir family’s lives.
She saidthe Government has showntheir commitment by providing funding and it is now up to Papua New Guineas.
Mrs Andrias now runs four companies and aims to futher that number.