Women traders set out stalls for the Games
By Marrian Rema, Games News Service
PORT MORESBY, July 3 – Port Moresby 2015 has created a new world of opportunity for a group of talented women looking to showcase their Melanesian arts and crafts, the founder of a Papuan women’s business expo has said.
Janet Sape, who is behind the Women in Business (WIB) organization, believes the Pacific Games has provided a platform for PNG women whose business aspirations are restricted by the small market in which they can sell their goods.
“The Pacific Games Committee has put us mothers in the WIB in the programme, so we can sell and showcase our PNG crafts and products to the 5,000 athletes after the Games finishes,” Sape said.
The Games stands to benefit not only street vendors in Port Moresby, but also those around Papua New Guinea who have been able to bring their crafts to the capital to sell.
There are currently 400 stalls set up at the Melanesian Arts field in Waigani, which will be operating for the next two weeks during the Games.
“The athletes will come here to our stalls – the showground of Melanesian Arts. This is a very great opportunity for our mothers and daughters to make money for themselves and at the same time present our handmade PNG raw products to the world,” Sape added.
The WIB was formed in 2006 with only 50 members and now has more than 15,000 registered. It aims to empower mothers with business aspirations and also has a financial support system for widows.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who attended the WIB expo in Port Moresby on Thursday, donated K300,000 to the organization.