BY LEIAO GEREGA
Four women entrepreneurs have been chosen to participate in Russian trade fair.
The four – Florence Jaukae Kamel, Dorothy Luana, Theresia Timbi and Shallyn Lomutopa – were chosen from each region by the Department for Community Development and Religion.
“These four are women that empower many women and they are selected for the awards based on their uniqueness, potential for expansion, export and their products can be applicable in other economies,” said Secretary for Community Development and Religion Anna Solomon.
Department of Community Development and Religion Minister, Soroi Eoe congratulated the women and sees their contribution as ‘important to the country’s economy’.
Mrs Kamel of Goroka, who started the Jaukae bilum products in 2002 and specialises in the bilum wear production from planting to weaving and selling processes, is recognised internationally for her passion to promote PNG culture.
Shallyn Lomutopa from Eastern Highlands who is owner of the ‘all women coffee production process’ of the Ginipa Coffee, believes in women empowerment and is proud to represent the hardworking women behind her success.
“After a struggle of 18 years of working hard to mobilise and facilitate women on the ground, to come up and stand here is something big for me to the women.This is the light at the end of a tunnel for us,” she said.
Theresia Timbi, the owner of Mitu Spice in Mt Hagen, has 13 different spices which she collects within the Highlands region, which are then processed by hand.
“There is a real market for spices in PNG and what makes mine stand out is the process is made by hand and gives an opportunity for people to earn something for themselves,” she said.
Dorothy Lomotupa, owner of Devine Management Services Ltd which produces and sells organic health and beauty products in Kokopo and NCD, says organic is a massive market and could be the answer to employment for many.
The women will present their products during the arranged Russian exhibit. The competition will be an an opportunity to compete and receive recognition abroad.