SEVENTY people graduated last Friday after a two-week business training programme, The National reports.
The training was conducted in a remote village in Rigo, Central province by the Small Business Development Corporation on Start Improve Your Business (SIYB).
It was sponsored by HOPE Worldwide Inc.
SIYB was a training programme for owners or managers of small businesses and those who wanted to start small business projects.
The 70 participants, who had their first formal training, were from Alepa and Inuma villages.
|A participant receiving her certificate from Ricky Vele of SBDC after completing a two-week business training.-Nationalpic by MALUM NALU|
|Some of the participants|
|A group shot all all participants, facilitators and guests|
The programme, which was held at Dubanateboa village, covered vanilla production and SIYB.
Training facilitator Kila Oli said the programme shared knowledge on the basics of doing business such as identifying business plans, doing simple cash flow plan and business proposals.
Oli said the response from the participants was very good, with most of them planning to venture into PMV operation and agriculture.
SBDC corporate services manager Peter Kamara thanked HOPE worldwide for partnering with SBDC in funding the training.
Kamara said such assistance and partnership were essential.
He said SBDC was a government agency under the Department of Commerce and Industry, which aimed to help ordinary people start their businesses.
Kamara said they were happy to travel out and help those who needed their services.
He challenged participants to put into practice the business knowledge they had acquired because it would help them run their business.
Kamara also warned them against “wantok system” (nepotism), which he said was the worst enemy of small business.
Project coordinator of HOPE Worldwide Kumani Kuman said they were happy to partner with SBDC to train those based in remote areas.
HOPE Worldwide is a Christian-based international non-governmental organization (NGO) with the mission to bring hope to the people by working with governments and others to improve the people’s living standards.
Kumani challenged the participants to put their business ideas into practice to generate income and improve their lot.
Community leader Dickson Kema, who was a participant in the vanilla training programme, said this was the first time for villagers like him to go through such training