NDB took part in a two day expo – “Smart Economics Project Information and Business pathway” facilitated by PSI International in Port Moresby recently.
The two days expo was staged as part of a one week training on “Start your Micro business carried out in various provinces like Lae, Goroka and Port Moresby targeting gender based violence women who were referred to as “Surviviors”
The expo is part of a partnership program between PSI International and ExxonMobil with aims to provide pathways to enable women survivors to be economically independent within the formal sector.
Country Director of PSI International, Curt von Boguslawski explained that PSI is excited to reach out to survivors of various walks of lives and encourages open dialogue between partners such BSP, NDB , Mi Bank and Digicel.
During his opening remarks Mr Boguslawski said “We encourage participants to see opportunities and engage with the partners to understand the products and services they provide so that it can help you.”
Boguslawski added, “PSI believes that by empowering you, we empower your families and communities, you as women entrepreneurs can actually change the way your family live”
A participant from Moresby South electorate expressed gratitude towards business partners having to share such valuable information.
Aru Maraga from Kirakira women’s group within the Moresby South electorate said, “Mi hamamas lo NDB lo givim gutla tingting we i lainim mi lo statim liklik bisinis blo mi. (I am, happy for NDB for providing me with the information on how I can start my small business.)
NDB Women In Business representative Angeline Rex said, “The expo was a good avenue for survivors to come forward and learn how to start their own business that help improve their living standards as well as their communities.
The program which initially begun in 2003 has seen continuous support from various partners with this year being Digicel, Bank South Pacific, Mi Bank, Small Medium Enterprise Co-operation (SMEC), the Family Support Centre and NDB.
Top: Moresby South participants. Bottom Left: PSI HRF Officer John Tul speaking to the participants about gender based violence. Bottom Right: NDB Women In Business Officer Angeline Rex talking to the participants at the Expo.