Belait’s Women’s Welfare Association looking to organise monthly market

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THE Belait District Women’s Welfare Association (PKP) is looking to organise a monthly market to offer its members an avenue to sell their products.

PKP President Hjh Kertini Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Diraja Hj Abu Hanifah said that workshops on the fundamentals of how to do business would precede the proposed market, which would sell food, textile and handicrafts, as well as products under the One Village One Product programme.

The idea for the market stemmed from positive responses that the group’s members would get from setting up small booths at community events.

PKP’s working committee are now looking to discuss with the district office and the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board for potential locations.

“We are also looking at how often we can organise the market. Initially it may be every month, or every other month,” said Hjh Kertini during a PKP event for orphans from Mukim Kuala Belait recently.

The market would be part of PKP’s long-term vision of helping women achieve financial independence, which Hjh Kertini says will ensure their overall welfare.

“It is important that women are able to be (financially) independent, especially since times are more challenging now. Even those that do not work, can have a skill or product that they can choose to market to the public,” she said.

Many of PKP’s members are already involved in their village consultative council’s (MPK) economic bureaus, but a PKP market would be able to house sellers from several different villages under one roof.

At PKP’s joint charitable event with the Brunei Government Senior Officers Wives Welfare Association (BISTARI) for Kuala Belait orphans on Thursday, four MPKs who set up tables garnered steady sales.

With a more frequent platform for sales – combined with better packaging and marketing – PKP’s president is confident its members can make a more telling economic impact in the future.

“Our members are slowly growing to do business confidently. We have done workshops (on business) in the past, visited regional countries like Thailand to learn about small businesses. Now we focus on taking action,” she said.

During Thursday’s event, 231 orphans were presented with cash donations by BISTARI led by their president Datin Hjh Asmah Hj Abd Rahman, while PKP handed out gift bags.

The Brunei Times