By Bethanie Harriman – EM TV News, Goroka
A family from Goroka has started producing upholstery on their veranda and selling it for very affordable prices on their front lawn to customers.
Amidst many talks about growing the SME sector in the country, the Basse family has been building their small business over the last three years.
“It wasn’t just another overnight inspiration, we started off in 2013, we started off getting some electrical requiremen’s, but in February we got the compressor and so we spent over K12,000 to start up,” said Tony Basse.
Nancy and Tony Basse, and their family, live near the Rotary Park in Goroka town, and for the past year they have been able to produce quality upholstery furniture.
They began to build beautiful sets of lounge chairs when Tony’s younger brother Emmanuel Basse left his carpentry job and said he would build furniture for their business fulltime.
Customers who frequently stop in front of the house to take a look admire the results, and the first impressions are that they are imported lounge sets.
“I thought it was imported, but I learnt it was locally made that was better than the imports,” said Stanley Viogo a customer who was shopping for his son.
The Basse’s operate from their home, using the backyard shed to keep the frames and Emmanuel sews the upholstery on the veranda.
They have sold many of their lounges, their customer’s stretch from the Highlands to the New Guinea Islands and there has been a growing interest from customers in Port Moresby through their Facebook page.